March 4, 2017

A Powerful Mind: The Self-Education of George Washington by Adrienne M. Harrison

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.

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