By Adrienne M. Harrison
His formal education by surprise 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 thrust in colonial Virginian agricultural society will be tricky. all through his lifestyles he confronted demanding situations for which he lacked the tutorial foundations shared by way of his extra hugely expert contemporaries. but Washington’s legacy is obviously now not considered one of failure.
Breaking new flooring in Washington scholarship and American innovative background, Adrienne M. Harrison investigates the 1st president’s devoted means of self-directed studying via analyzing, an aspect of his personality and management lengthy ignored by means of historians and biographers. In A robust Mind, Harrison exhibits that Washington rose to satisfy those trials via a devoted crusade of hugely targeted analyzing, instructing himself on precisely what he had to do and the way most sensible to do it. not like different recognized figures of the revolution—Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin—Washington didn't appreciate 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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