The Education of George Washington: How a forgotten book shaped the character of a hero
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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.
Penningtons, 85–86, 91 Pennsylvania, 193 Penn and Teller, 221 Pepsi, 186 Petraeus, David, 245 Philadelphia, PA, 106, 111–14, 223, 271 Picasso, Pablo, 56 Pilates, 90 Pirates of the Caribbean, 90 Pitt, Brad, 6–7 Pittsburgh, PA, 140 Pohick Episcopal Church, 25 Poland, 199 Poor Richard’s Almanack, 113 Porsches, 60 Portugal, 78 Potomac River, the, 67, 69, 87, 252 Protestantism, Protestants, 35, 46 Providence, 40–53, 57, 59, 70–71, 105–6, 134–35, 162, 184, 192, 207, 226, 279, 288–89
the British were doing their best to alienate—and his pious faith in Providence. At a later point in his life, when talking to his close friend and confidant the Marquis de Lafayette, George portrayed Providence writing on an even larger canvas. Expressing his hopes and concerns about the ratification of the Constitution, he ascribed what he hoped would be a positive outcome not to the forces of history or mankind, nor to the extraordinary men who were involved, but to Providence: A few short
obligations, or—literally or figuratively—jumping (or throwing balls) through hoops. Not that everyone had an ideal character then, any more than now. But the ideals, if not the reality, were more ideal. More noble. More refined. More beautiful. The King of France, for example, was both head of government and a ballet dancer. You don’t tend to see that sort of thing today. Frederick, Duke of Schonberg, went beyond superficial virtues, though. He clearly was honorable, affable, humble, and yet
thousands of troops, an army cobbled together from a hodgepodge of different colonial militias, badly supplied, with short and perpetually expiring enlistments, in good enough shape to wage any kind of war at all? For starters, he had the patience to take advantage of the Americans’ home field advantage and deploy a classic Fabian strategy against the invading army. Fabian strategy? Do you know Fabius? Even if you do, I want to hop in the DeLorean again, so let’s take one more trip in time.
strategy involves, in essence, conserving your own resources by avoiding full-on fighting, while doing what you can around the edges to weaken the more powerful enemy army. Fabius did a nimble boxer’s bob and weave against Hannibal’s clearly overwhelming force, taking small pieces out of Hannibal’s army when he could, avoiding the elephants when possible, ducking direct counterattacks, avoiding pitched battles. It was a strategy of attrition: Wear Hannibal’s army out. Deny them access to food.