Washington's Revolution: The Making of America's First Leader

By Robert Middlekauff
Read by Christopher Lane

13.75 Hours 02/03/2015 unabridged
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A vivid new portrait of the formative years that made George Washington a great leader, from a highly respected and accomplished historian who is a Bancroft Prize winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist. George Washington was famously unknowable, but Robert Middlekauff penetrates the mystique to reveal the fears, values, and passions that drove him. Rich in psychological details regarding Washington's temperament, idiosyncrasies, and experiences, this audiobook shows us a self-conscious Washington who grew in confidence and experience as a young soldier, businessman, and Virginian gentleman; and was transformed into an American patriot by the revolutionary ferment of the 1760s and 70s. Taking command of an army constantly in dire need—without adequate food, weapons, and, at times, even clothing and shoes, right up until the end—Washington displayed incredible persistence and resourcefulness, and evolved into a leader who understood perhaps better than anyone the crucial role the army had to play in the formation of a new American society. Washington, Middlekauff leaves no doubt, was at the heart not just of the revolution's course and outcome, but also the success of the nation that it produced. This is an essential audiobook for understanding the character of one of America's great figures.

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A vivid new portrait of the formative years that made George Washington a great leader, from a highly respected and accomplished historian who is a Bancroft Prize winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist.

George Washington was famously unknowable, but Robert Middlekauff penetrates the mystique to reveal the fears, values, and passions that drove him. Rich in psychological details regarding Washington's temperament, idiosyncrasies, and experiences, this audiobook shows us a self-conscious Washington who grew in confidence and experience as a young soldier, businessman, and Virginian gentleman; and was transformed into an American patriot by the revolutionary ferment of the 1760s and 70s. Taking command of an army constantly in dire need—without adequate food, weapons, and, at times, even clothing and shoes, right up until the end—Washington displayed incredible persistence and resourcefulness, and evolved into a leader who understood perhaps better than anyone the crucial role the army had to play in the formation of a new American society. Washington, Middlekauff leaves no doubt, was at the heart not just of the revolution's course and outcome, but also the success of the nation that it produced. This is an essential audiobook for understanding the character of one of America's great figures.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“It is in the nuances, the telling details, and the subtle shadings where Mr. Middlekauff excels…Middlekauff paints anew the familiar scenes of Washington’s war…A valuable one-volume account of Washington’s ascendancy.” Wall Street Journal
“Middlekauff has written about Washington’s war rather as Washington himself might have, had he been a historian: carefully, thoroughly, with an eye for detail and a grasp, at all times, of the important points.” New York Times Book Review
“Middlekauff writes a cogent character study of an icon, without either polishing or puncturing Washington’s image. He clearly admires his subject, but recognizes Washington’s limits.” Philadelphia Inquirer
“A useful and readable new portrait of Washington at war…[Middlekauff’s] triumph is to portray Washington as a man of parts, as more than a cardboard cutout hero or a sterile vessel of virtues.” Boston Globe
“This fine work suggests that independence was not a certitude but an astonishing achievement that owed much to a man who, like his country, came to maturity in war.” Military History Quarterly
“This audiobook on George Washington’s development as a leader and as a man is given a splendid reading by Christopher Lane…Lane’s baritone voice is winsomely sonorous, and he narrates at a perfectly expressive easygoing pace, allowing the listener to easily follow the text. This production is a near-perfect match of text and voice—a pleasure to listen to.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Robert Middlekauff

Robert Middlekauff is Preston Hotchkis Professor of American History, Emeritus, at the University of California, Berkeley. He has been Director of the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, and Harold Vyvyan Harmsworth Professor of American History at Oxford University. His books include The Mathers, which won the Bancroft Prize;The Glorious Cause, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and Benjamin Franklin and His Enemies.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 13.75
Audience: Adult
Language: English