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George Washington : a life

Author: Willard Sterne Randall; Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana (Mississippi State University. Libraries)
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt & Co., 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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George Washington is the story of a man who turned an impoverished childhood and frequent humiliations at the hands of the mother he feared into a career of rebellion and creation. He learned from the British commanders who rejected him during his days on the frontier how to fight a war of rebellion. When he had worn out and nearly bankrupted his soldiers and his allies, Washington disbanded the victorious army he
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: George Washington; George Washington
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Willard Sterne Randall; Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana (Mississippi State University. Libraries)
ISBN: 0805027793 9780805027792
OCLC Number: 36909548
Notes: "A John Macrae book."
Description: ix, 548 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Introduction --
Ch. 1. A prompt and literal obedience --
Ch. 2. Take all admonitions thankfully --
Ch. 3. We went through most beautiful groves --
Ch. 4. I put myself into indian dress --
Ch. 5. I heard bullets whistle --
Ch. 6. To obey the call of honor --
Ch. 7. I had four bullets through my coat --
Ch. 8. Observe the strictest discipline --
Ch. 9. The object of my love --
Ch. 10. No law can compel us --
Ch. 11. Arms should be the last resort --
Ch. 12. The crisis is arrived --
Ch. 13. A new modelled army --
Ch. 14. A fine fox chase --
Ch. 15. We'll see King George damned first --
Ch. 16. Who can I trust now? --
Ch. 17. I have had my day --
Ch. 18. To taste the fruits of freedom --
Ch. 19. I walk on untrodden ground --
Ch. 20. A fire not to be quenched --
Ch. 21. My glass is almost run --
Key to abbreviations in notes and bibliography --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: Willard Sterne Randall.

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George Washington is the story of a man who turned an impoverished childhood and frequent humiliations at the hands of the mother he feared into a career of rebellion and creation. He learned from the British commanders who rejected him during his days on the frontier how to fight a war of rebellion. When he had worn out and nearly bankrupted his soldiers and his allies, Washington disbanded the victorious army he had forged and resigned to Congress, giving life to democratic government. George III once said that Washington would be the greatest man of the eighteenth century if he could give up power. And he did. Twice.

A backwoods fighter before and during the French and Indian War, he employed a largely ragtag army of volunteers and the tactics of guerrilla warfare to defeat the world's most feared military power. His maneuvers to escape direct confrontation would be studied years later and serve as a model for Ho Chi Minh's field commanders in Vietnam. And, most important, as this fresh and authoritative narrative reveals, he exhibited the temperament for leadership in war and in peace, while suffering scoundrels, hardships, and a rogue press bent on his destruction.

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