The Education of George Washington answers this question with a new discovery about his past and the surprising book that shaped him. Read more...
The Education of George Washington answers this question with a new discovery about his past and the surprising book that shaped him. Who better to unearth them than George Washington's great-nephew, Austin Washington?
Most Washington fans have heard of "The Rules of Civility" and learned that this guided our first President. But that's not the book that truly made George Washington who he was. In The Education of George Washington, Austin Washington reveals the secret that he discovered about Washington's past that explains his true model for conduct, honor, and leadership--an example that we could all use.
The Education of George Washington also includes a complete facsimile of the forgotten book that changed George Washington's life.
- ISBN-13: 9781621572053
- ISBN-10: 1621572056
- Publisher: Regnery Publishing
- Publish Date: February 2014
- Page Count: 344
- Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.35 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-12-09
- Reviewer: Staff
This biography of Washington by his great-nephew aims to put a fresh, inspirational spin on the first president’s life by examining the practices that elevated him to greatness. The “education” of the title was Washington’s youthful study of a now-obscure book, A Panegyrick to the Memory of His Grace Frederick, Late Duke of Schonberg, selections of which are excerpted to explore their potential effect on his character. But the author validates his claim that “this ain’t your grandma’s ” with an informal, boorish tone punctuated with pop-culture references, contrived slang, and flailing attempts at humor. A mocking hostility manifests itself in derisive references to “stupid, bacon-loving Canadians” and to the Western world as “fascist nanny states.” The author frequently characterizes opposing arguments in sweeping generalizations before arguing his own position via put-downs, anecdotal evidence, and fallacious logic. Describing America as having “fallen hard and fast,” he laments a modern lack of great men of “character and substance,” while, in a grand irony, derides those who would trade on name-recognition as a quick route to success. While his intention—to offer a hero to young males—may be considered noble, his end product amounts to little more than rose-tinted misreadings of history suffused with his opinions on modern government. (Feb.)