Washington's Revolution: The Making of America's First Leader

Washington's Revolution: The Making of America's First Leader

A vivid, insightful, essential new account of the formative years that shaped a callow George Washington into an extraordinary leader, from the Bancroft Prize winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist Robert Middlekauff. George Washington was famously unknowable, a man of deep passions hidden behind a facade of rigid self-control. Yet before he was a great general and president, W A vivid, insightful, essential new account of the formative years that shaped a callow George Washington into an extr...

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Title:Washington's Revolution: The Making of America's First Leader
Author:Robert Middlekauff
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Genres:History
ISBN:1101874236
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:384 pages pages

Washington's Revolution: The Making of America's First Leader Reviews

  • Mike
    Apr 16, 2018
    A deeper look at George Washington and his leadership and vision from his early years through the end of the Revolutionary War. This was an academic look at how Washington was able to always view the big picture throughout his life and while was not perfect, he was able to keep above t...
  • John
    Mar 23, 2015
    This is a fantastic book about a person who has been elevated to almost god-like status in our society. To be clear, this is not a complete biography on Washington, nor is it a complete account of the American Revolution in its entirety. This book is a combination of both, as it examin...
  • Jane
    Feb 02, 2015
    Well done non-fiction. ...
  • Liz
    Mar 16, 2015
    How did the experiences of the War for American Independence shape Washington as a person and leader? This is the big question that Robert Middlekauff sets out to answer. Washington's Revolution reads like a mixed-genre book: part biography and part military history. Middlekauff be...
  • David
    Dec 13, 2018
    A concise survey of the qualities and characteristics that made Washington Washington. First in war, first in peace, first in the hearts of his countrymen--this was GW, the indispensable man for the Revolutionary War's glorious cause. The author makes the assertion that Washington, as ...
  • Steve
    Feb 03, 2015
    Excellent book on George Washington who led the Contential Army against the British in the battles fought during the American Revolution. His ability to led his men in the American Revolution through hardships during the winter at Valley Forge and other battles fought made him not only...
  • victor harris
    Apr 17, 2015
    Not nearly as good as his previous works. Very repetitious. Reminds readers on almost every page that Washington's army lacked adequate supplies. ...
  • Dora Truong
    Aug 01, 2015
    Good introduction to the revolution and Washington as a man results from a close reading. I got tired of how many times he mentioned naked soldiers, but it reminded me of the thankless travails of those who fought. He mentioned the infamous Loring but not the prison ships that he was i...
  • Alex
    Jul 14, 2017
    I think the narrow focus of this book loses essential context without adding clarity. Read Chernow's complete biography of Washington instead. ...
  • Yosef Shapiro
    Feb 18, 2015
    This book examines the incidents that were important in Washington's career and life that helped shape him and make him into the leader that became the first President of the U.S. ...
  • Ron Tenney
    Dec 30, 2015
    Washington?s Revolution: The Making of America?s First Leader by Robert Middlekauff I was interested in reading this book because I found another of his books, ?The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution, 1763-1789?(one of the volumes in the Oxford History of the United State...
  • Alex Shrugged
    Apr 04, 2016
    "Washington's Revolution" does not delve too deeply into what shaped Washington's character as a leader despite what the title says. I found it to be a valuable book, mostly concentrating on Washington's battles. (Perhaps I am too critical, but the author tells me why Washington is doi...
  • Dave
    Jul 17, 2015
    This book focuses mainly on Washington as leader and dealing with an inept bunch of politicians, militiamen, generals, etc. He still facilitated the winning of the war against Britain and put us on the road to representative democracy by coming out of retirement from military service t...
  • Richard Page
    Aug 19, 2018
    While this book is mainly a broad brush history of the American Revolution, it does focus attention on the attitudes, positions and role that Washington played in bringing the revolution to a successful conclusion. ...
  • Richard de Villiers
    Mar 13, 2015
    If you are familiar with Washington perhaps this book may not be for you but you would be missing out on a master at work. Middlekauf knows his subject and his times. He is a writes well and keeps the story moving along. The focus, as the title acknowledges, is the Washington of the Re...
  • Mike
    Mar 31, 2015
    Reads too much like a periodical or a lecture. Couldn't get engaged with this one. ...
  • WALTER E. RINEHART
    Nov 01, 2016
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  • Dale Yates
    May 14, 2015
    A good book on the life of George Washington. However, this book does not focus on the sequential events of his life, but more on his viewpoints, thoughts, and strategies from his early life in the French & Indian War through the Revolution. Particular emphasis is focused on the st...
  • Tim  Franks
    Jun 14, 2016
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  • E
    May 08, 2015
    Being a big George Washington fan, I wanted to enjoy this book. But I did not. I don't want to spend a ton of words tearing it apart, so let me briefly lay out the central shortcomings: -Middlekauff is a poor describer of military engagements. He should have steered away from writin...
  • David
    Dec 08, 2018
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  • Jim
    Jan 28, 2018
    The author's contention in writing this book is that George Washington, by taking command of the Continental Army in 1775 and leading it throughout the war to the arrival of peace in the summer of 1783, embodied for America and Americans the Revolution itself. The author does a commend...
  • Amanda
    Jul 19, 2017
    This seemed a well researched look into Washington's role during the American Revolution. While I was disappointed that the book did not continue into his presidency, I expect that was simply not in the scope of the book. ...
  • Grace Hardie
    Oct 11, 2015
    Interesting historical perspective on how Washington's viewpoint changed to envision an America that must be "free" from British rule. ...
  • Ina Cawl
    Feb 17, 2016
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  • Dustin Simmons
    Jun 10, 2016
    Very interesting and insightful read. Part biography, part history, this book evaluates the American Revolution in terms of the impact and influence it had on Washington, and, vice versa, Washington's impact and influence on the Revolution. Worth reading. ...
  • Leslie Soifer
    Jun 29, 2015
    This was my first read about George Washington. I really enjoyed the potrayal of our first leader since I haven't focused on this part of his life as a military leader and how he shaped our history during the revolution. I appreciated a closer look at the revolution in his perspective ...
  • Catherine
    Jul 20, 2015
    I LOVE the history of the American Revolution and am a fan of both Mr. Washington and Mr. Middlekauf. However, I found this book to be thoroughly boring. I kept waiting for it to turn around or improve, but it did not. The book was well-researched and does not try to cast an opinion on...
  • Dan Rudolph
    Jan 11, 2016
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  • Dave Oas
    Nov 01, 2017
    This book details how events in Washington's life helped mold him into the great leader he eventually became. It seemed as though the author was a bit redundant at times. Made for a tougher read to get through. ...