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“This lively, articulate, and humorous reflection on George Washington’s personality has some unexpected twists and turns, and the reader flips each page with a little uncertainty about where the book is heading, which is a large part of the fun. Austin Washington, with the help of the George Washington Papers project at Mount Vernon, has done something brand new. He has discovered through a document in George Washington’s own hand, overlooked by historians for two centuries, exactly how George Washington turned himself from a relatively poor boy with limited prospects into the heroic leader he became.”
—James C. Rees, president of Mount Vernon, 1994–2012
“George Washington ‘meets’ Frederick, Duke of Schonberg, and finds a model for his life. This delightful and insightful book is a sometimes jocular approach to the life of Washington (the author’s great … great-uncle) … The Education of George Washington is a witty, light-hearted, playful, even irreverent telling of the story. It is part theater and part history—a book that will reward readers in today’s fast-paced and attention-deficit world. It’s a very new take on a very old tale.”
——Dr. Theodore Crackel, author of Mr. Jefferson’s Army and West Point: A Bicentennial History; editor-in-chief emeritus, the Papers of George Washington
“A genuinely readable history and a different, thought-provoking perspective. Austin Washington has a particularly good insight into what his grand-uncle may have been thinking.”
—Dean Malissa, George Washington reenactor at Mount Vernon
“Cheryl C. rated it 5 of 5 stars
If you are looking for a dull and dry academic biography on America’s first president, you won’t find it in The Education of George Washington. What you will find is a book that entices even those not truly interested in reading about history to pick up a biography on one of America’s most influential historical figures. The author spends a good deal of time putting George Washington’s life and actions in the context of the world in which he lived: how Washington’s life was impacted by the death of his father; how living in rural Virginia led him to develop a certain mindset and talents; and what living in America during those early years was like. The book captures the everyday dangers of Colonial America that modern readers can tend to forget.A unique aspect to The Education of George Washington is that the author connects the reader to the Father of Our Country by talking about how Washington’s character developed and how the reader can also develop an equally fine character. In essence, this is not only a biography, it’s to some degree a self-help book.Washington’s love of history shines through on every page. And though his style is more witty and clever than one might expect from someone with a masters degree and who has performed postgraduate research that focused on Colonial America, it is exactly his ability to connect with modern readers that makes this a winning book worth every penny spent on it. I would read it again in a heartbeat if I had the time.
“The best book ever written about the Father of Our Country.”
—Robert Williams, Rooftop Reviews