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George Washington is a vivid recounting of the formative years and military career of "The Father of his Country," following his journey from brutal border skirmishes with the French and their Native American allies to his remarkable victory over the British Empire, an achievement that underpinned his selection as the first president of the United States of America. The boGeorge Washington is a vivid recounting of the formative years and military career of "The Father of his Country," following his journey from brutal border skirmishes with the French and their Native American allies to his remarkable victory over the British Empire, an achievement that underpinned his selection as the first president of the United States of America. The book focuses on a side of Washington that is often overlooked: the feisty young frontier officer and the early career of the tough forty-something commander of the revolutionaries' ragtag Continental Army.Award-winning historian Stephen Brumwell shows how, ironically, Washington's reliance upon English models of "gentlemanly" conduct, and on British military organization, was crucial in establishing his leadership of the fledgling Continental Army, and in forging it into the weapon that secured American independence. Drawing on a wide range of sources, including original archival research, Brumwell brings a fresh new perspective on this extraordinary individual, whose fusion of gentleman and warrior left an indelible imprint on history....

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Number of Pages : 512 Pages
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George Washington: Gentleman Warrior Reviews

  • Jerome
    2018-09-25 19:50

    I think Edward Lengel’s General George Washington: A Military Life remains the best study of Washington’s military career. Brumwell’s newer work, however, is just as engaging, readable and well-researched.Brumwell gives us a vivid, evenhanded portrait of an ambitious and gentlemanly military man. It is also an effective portrait of Washington as an English gentleman. The book is in-depth and lengthy, but certainly worth reading. Brumwell’s writing is vivid and gives the reader a great sense of how events unfolded.Upon examination, Washington wasn’t exactly one of history’s “great generals.” His first exploits as a military man in the French and Indian war did not reflect well on Washington’s character or ability. He suffered mostly defeats, lashed out at his critics and blamed his men for his own mistakes. He also engaged in schemes and intrigues designed to further his postwar financial interests following the capture of the Ohio territory from the French. Whatever his other faults, however, Washington could hardly be accused of cowardice. He was remarkably cool under fire, and could adapt and inspire in battle.Following the conclusion of the French and Indian War, Washington did not show much interest in the developments that would strain the colonies’ relations with England. He refrained from heated rhetoric and remained aloof, being at the time more concerned with overseeing Mount Vernon’s expansion. When war broke out, Washington doubted his own ability to lead the army to victory. He had no practical training in field command, and his record as a tactician was unremarkable. His strategic ability, however was much better. Washington took the prejudices of the Virginia planter class with him to war. He considered New Englanders to be idiots and scum (“exceedingly dirty & nasty”) and viewed them as the source of problems. As an upper-class Virginian officer, Washington was used to troops showing unquestioning obedience and deference. New England officers tended to try to win their troops’ loyalty and affection, an effort that Washington scorned.As the popular mythology of the Revolution would have it, the Continental Army was composed of heroic, selfless “citizen-soldiers”: land-owning citizens that took up their duty. In reality, the longest-serving soldiers of the army were drifters and outcasts with little real stake in society. Many soldiers deserted their regiments and re-enlisted in others for an extra helping of bounty money. Contrary to Revolutionary propaganda, British soldiers were not unwilling conscripts: many were skilled craftsmen who believed in their cause.As a military man and a product of the time, Washington was fiercely defensive about his own reputation as a soldier, even though his reputation wasn’t all that good. We also see the flaws of a man whom we assume to have none: his political intrigues, for example, or his love affair with Sally Fairfax, which occurred while he was about to marry Martha Custis, even though Sally’s husband was a personal friend of Washington’s. Following the French and Indian War, Washington renewed his claims to bounty lands won in the war, distributing lands to veterans he had served with but keeping the best for himself. Brumwell writes that “Washington never lost faith in the kind of professional standing army that had been crucial to achieving American independence, but which remained anathema to many of his countrymen.” This is debatable. I don’t think Washington ever succeeded in creating a genuine professional army.There’s nothing groundbreaking here, especially if you’ve already read Lengel’s book, but I enjoyed nonetheless. Still, it could have used some more maps, or at least more context-specific ones.

  • Kathi
    2018-10-15 02:42

    Historians have already written reams in reviews about this book. Obviously, I cannot add to their thoughts.I can share with you, however, what I most appreciated about this prestigious George Washington Book Prize winner. First, Stephen Brumwell, the British author, shows us how Washington matures as a leader and as a person. The Washington who becomes “first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen” certainly did not “hatch fully formed” as such, but clearly develops his skills over decades. At the very beginning of what became the French and Indian War, we see a very young Washington with many flaws in his decision-making. He must consciously work to eliminate these errors of judgment in order to achieve success. Improve he does, through painful practice and even more painful battle experiences. Washington makes mistakes. He is overly-ambitious. He fails to achieve goals he desires. Gradually, however, through a mixture of experience, study, self-discipline, and risk-taking (and also generous doses of practice, discipline, example, and even corporal punishment for his soldiers), he creates an extremely effective fighting force by the end of the Revolutionary War. Washington earns his accolades as a leader through grim determination and exceptionally hard work.The “warrior” George Washington is detailed and explained at great length, yet the “gentleman” balances both Washington himself and Brumwell’s book. All officers must be gentlemen, says and shows Washington, in the truest and most demanding 18th century model. Washington’s honesty and honor are impeccable in his interactions with his peers, and his great care of his soldiers is both magnanimous and touching. He always wants the best and most for his men, and again and again assails Congress through letter after letter, traveling whenever possible to demand in (his impressive) person material goods and decent pay for his army. Brumwell’s focus on facts and opinions of Washington as a gentleman add a depth and excellence to Washington the warrior that is necessary for the great leader George Washington to emerge. Reading this book made me marvel yet again how blessed America was to have all facets of George Washington shape our nation.

  • Joe Poduska
    2018-10-17 03:43

    An excellent biography of George Washington as soldier and general in the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War. Author Stephen Brumwell describes Washington describes how Washington matured from a young surveyor into a soldier and leader of his country. There were some interesting highlights in the book about the rank-and-file who fought in the Revolutionary War. Individual states drafted soldiers who could by their way out. For this reason, many of the privates who served were former indentured servants and convicts transported from Britain. Later, at least 10 percent of those who served were free black men or former slaves. Most officers were "gentlemen" in the Old World sense that they were from the wealthy planter or upper class. As many as 125,000 men fought on the American side during the war, about one in three of those who were able-bodied. Their individual stories can be found in applications for land bounties and pensions kept on file in the U.S. archives. Personal Note: Ancestor Adamson Tannehill served five and a half years in the Continental Army, worked his way up to lt. and captian, and latter atained the rank of General. Born in Frederick, Md., but after the war settled in Pittsburgh, Pa.

  • Mark Luongo
    2018-10-15 23:53

    This narrative revolves around the premise that Washington's success evolved from his youthful desire to be both a gentleman and a warrior. It went beyond just civility and manners and shaped his whole approach to soldiering. Without it the outcome of the War of Independence may have been different. For example, his commitment to officers who were and acted as "gentlemen" thereby setting them apart from the rank and file. But at the same time enduring the hardships that the enlisted soldiers did and as Washington himself did. A sense of honor above all.The book contains some of my favorite anecdotes as well as shedding some light on Alexander Hamilton as a soldier and aide to G. Washington.

  • Laura
    2018-09-25 00:50

    I bought this book not quite realizing somehow that it was a biography focusing on George Washington as a soldier (the book essentially ends with the end of the Revolutionary War). While I collect and appreciate books about the Revolutionary War, World War I, World War II and other important historical-military periods, I am not a fan of military history, one that focuses on the maneuvers, the techniques, and (in one book I read) the thicknesses of tank shielding. This book is the exception. It is very well-written, very engaging, and insightful, and the more I read the harder it was to put down. As with all really good books, it had me thinking about what other books I might want to read about George Washington and the Revolutionary War period.This book won the George Washington Book Prize in 2013, and I believe it was well-deserved. It is scholarly, but accessible to the interested lay reader. If you are interested in George Washington or the Revolutionary War, I recommend this book.

  • Judy
    2018-10-02 20:48

    A better book than you would surmise, if you only look at how long it appears to have taken me to read it. While I acquired it two years ago, I never really started seriously reading it until about a week ago, so it would be safe to say that once started, I found it hard to put down. Add to that, that I am not a fan of military history, and you get an idea of how very good this book is. For an iconic figure as prolifically written about as George Washington, it is a delight to find a book that presents a new view and a new perspective rather than just a rehash of old and stale ground. Highly recommended for any readers who like biography and/or American Colonial history.

  • Mark Chapman
    2018-10-13 03:52

    Wow, is all I can say. As I read this book, I continue to compare the environment that Washington and his Army encountered to the environment we're in today. It's amazing the courage and determination the colonial citizens had when fighting this war under the most undesirable conditions.I would rate this book a 4. Unfortunately, I can't indicate this in the 'My Rating' section. I don't have access.

  • Peg
    2018-10-11 23:35

    THis one took be forever to finish although it was interesting. I'd read much of the history of Washington during the Revolutionary War so it was familiar. But it seemed like Brumwell covered every single battle of the eight years so it got a little tedious at times. Still a fascinating look at Washington as a young man and commander of the first American military. Conditions for the soldiers was distressing and reinforces the notion that it was a miracle that we won that war at all.

  • Mommymac10
    2018-10-18 23:35

    Excellent study of GW as a military man, containing much info that I hadn't read before --and I read a lot of GW boox. There is also enough human interest to keep the reader going through the overly-detailed military actions. Some of Washington's weaknesses are dealt with, but I finished the book feeling even more admiration for the man.

  • Steve
    2018-10-10 19:32

    Great and Interesting book on George Washington's military career. He was a military courier during the French and Indian War and later became the general of the Continental Army during the American Revolution.

  • Deborah Hecht
    2018-10-05 00:47

    In the end, I enjoyed reading the book. The author became for complimentary of George Washington and made clear his great contribution to the beginning of our nation and his great leadership as General of the army and as our first President.

  • Steve Switzer
    2018-10-05 02:47

    Good entertaining read about Washington as military leaderBoth before and during the American war of independenceTruly an important historical figure ..without this man the US could still be part of the british empire

  • Marv
    2018-10-19 19:42

    Provides a new perspective on George Washington but pretty dry at times.

  • Jonathon Moore
    2018-10-17 20:30

    Finished just in time for Independence Day!

  • Robert
    2018-09-20 23:51

    Very very very good. Great character

  • Jenny
    2018-10-09 21:28

    Pretty dry, but fun to watch George mature as a man and a soldier.