While most of us take the extraordinary career of George Washington for granted, it was hard-won through effort, discipline, and lifelong learning.  While young Washington knew head-turning success, later crushing failure incinerated his dream of a military career. In his “wilderness years,” he remade himself as a savvy political leader in Fairfax County and the Virginia House of Burgesses, overcoming a weak education and his earlier stumbles. As the essential leader of what became the world’s longest-lived constitutional republic, Washington committed himself to self-government and used many tools to survive political tests and steer the nation through repeated crises.


David O. Stewart, JD

After many years as a trial and appellate lawyer, David O. Stewart became a bestselling writer of history and historical fiction. The Wall Street Journal called his most recent history, George Washington: The Political Rise of America’s Founding Father, “an outstanding biography,” with writing that “is clear, often superlative” and “a narrative drive such a life deserves.” His other histories have explored the writing of the Constitution, the gifts of James Madison, the outrageous western expedition and treason trial of the mysterious Aaron Burr, and the impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson. He has won the Washington Writing Award for best book of the year, the History Prize of the Society of the Cincinnati, and the William H. Prescott Award of the National Society of Colonial Dames of America.

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