By Adrienne M. Harrison
His formal education unexpectedly bring to a halt at age 11, George Washington observed his boyhood dream of becoming a member of the British military evaporate and well-known that even his aspiration to upward push in colonial Virginian agricultural society will be tricky. all through his lifestyles he confronted demanding situations for which he lacked the tutorial foundations shared through his extra hugely proficient contemporaries. but Washington’s legacy is obviously no longer considered one of failure.
Breaking new flooring in Washington scholarship and American innovative historical past, Adrienne M. Harrison investigates the 1st president’s devoted means of self-directed studying via studying, an aspect of his personality and management lengthy overlooked through historians and biographers. In A robust Mind, Harrison indicates that Washington rose to fulfill those trials via a devoted crusade of hugely centred studying, teaching himself on precisely what he had to do and the way top to do it. not like different well-known figures of the revolution—Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin—Washington didn't delight in studying for its personal sake, viewing self-education as an alternative as a device for shaping himself into the individual he desired to be. His highest-profile and highest-risk endeavors—commander in leader of the Continental military and president of the fledgling United States—are a testomony to the luck of his strategy.
Read or Download A Powerful Mind: The Self-Education of George Washington PDF
Best biographies of presidents & heads of state books
In 1890 Abraham Lincoln’ s major White condo secretaries, John G. Nicolay and John Hay, released the ten-volume biography Abraham Lincoln: A historical past. even supposing the authors witnessed the day-by-day occasions happening in the govt mansion and the nationwide Capitol, their long biography is extra a recounting of the Civil warfare period than a learn of Lincoln’ s existence.
1801. Un homme né dans un port de Macédoine, petit négociant en tabac, ne sachant ni lire ni écrire, débarque dans l. a. vallée du Nil. Se hissant à l. a. tête de l’Égypte, il devient en quatre ans, quelque trente siècles après Ramsès II, le dernier pharaon. Maître absolu, il réalise l'impossible, arrache le will pay aux ténèbres, crée un empire qui s'étend du golfe Persique au désert de Libye, du Soudan à los angeles Méditerranée, soit dix fois los angeles France -la moitié de l'Europe- se rapprochant ainsi des nues où trône son idole : Napoléon Bonaparte.
The tale of the Arab rebel and the Hashemite princes who led it in the course of the First global battle is inextricably associated in sleek eyes to the legend of Lawrence of Arabia as portrayed in David Lean's 1962 movie. yet in the back of this romantic snapshot lies a harsher fact of wartime expediency, double-dealing and dynastic ambition, which formed the trendy center East and laid the principles of a few of the conflicts that rack the quarter to at the present time.
“ . . . remarkable for its depiction of younger Churchill, warts and all, as a truly human personality . . . . ”—New York Times“A bestseller within the united kingdom, this portrait of Winston Churchill, written through his granddaughter, unapologetically offers the longer term leading minister as an motion hero within the Boer conflict. It’s rousing interpreting.
- Lincoln's Assassination (Concise Lincoln Library)
- John F. Kennedy: A Biography (Greenwood Biographies)
- Englische Könige und Königinnen der Neuzeit: Von Heinrich VII. bis Elisabeth II. (Beck Paperback) (German Edition)
- A Traveled First Lady
- Aldo Moro. Il Professore (Italian Edition)
Additional info for A Powerful Mind: The Self-Education of George Washington
- Till Freedom Cried Out: Memories of Texas Slave Life by Julie P. Baker,Kermit Oliver,T. Lindsay Baker
- Brazil's Lula: The Most Popular Politician on Earth by Ted Goertzel