George Washington's First War: His Early Military Adventures

David A Clary (Author)

Product Details

Simon & Schuster
Publish Date
November 01, 2011
5.64 X 1.04 X 8.37 inches | 0.76 pounds
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About the Author

David A. Clary is the author of Adopted Son: Washington, Lafayette, and the Friendship That Saved the Revolution; Rocket Man; and most recently Eagles and Empire: The United States, Mexico, and the Struggle for a Continent. Clary is the former Chief Historian of the U. S. Forest Service, has taught history at the university level, and lives in Roswell, New Mexico, with his wife, Beatriz.


"In the 1750s the Ohio Valley was as strange as Afghanistan. "George Washington's First War" shows the confusion and cross-purposes of a world war waged on the frontier, and the steep learning curve of a twenty-something who would become (but was not yet) our first great warrior."

--Richard Brookhiser, author of "Founding Father"
"Clary's portrait of the young George Washington is a revelation, offering incredible insights into the great Virginian as military thinker. A marvelous historical accomplishment. Highly recommended!"

--Douglas Brinkley, Professor of History at Rice University and author of "The "

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"A wonderful book on George Washington before he became an American icon. In lucid and gripping prose, Clary chronicles Colonel Washington in the French and Indian War, showing his glory-seeking imprudence and numerous--and sometimes monumental--errors. But Clary also demonstrates how young Colonel Washington learned from his mistakes, so that he was better prepared for the challenges he faced during the Revolutionary War. This not only is one of the better books on the French and Indian War, it is perhaps the best book on George Washington during that war."

--John Ferling, author of "The Ascent of George Washington"
"With drama and insight, David Clary lays out the suspenseful coming-of-age tale of George Washington's determined march from callow youth to eventual glory."

--A. J. Langguth, author of "Patriots: The Men Who Started the American Revolution"
"This ripsnorting tale traces the adventures--really, the "mis"adventures--of a raw, striving, sometimes bewildered and often overwhelmed George Washington. Through his fast-paced, deeply informative tale of hard lessons learned, David Clary shows that in his youth our 'indispensable man' was almost anything but. Humanizing, exciting, Clary's story delves into matters all too often glossed over in biographies of the Great General, reminding us of weaknesses from which sprang President Washington's mature strengths."

-- William Hogeland, author of "Declaration "and "The Whiskey Rebellion"
"A well-written and well-informed portrait of a young and untried George Washington struggling against enormous challenges to come of age both as a soldier and a man. Washington emerges from his first war not yet the leader he will become, but watching him mature during these early years helps us understand and appreciate him all the more."

--Walter R. Borneman, author of "The French and Indian War"