By Adrienne M. Harrison
His formal education without warning 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 tough. all through his lifestyles he confronted demanding situations for which he lacked the tutorial foundations shared via his extra hugely informed contemporaries. but Washington’s legacy is obviously no longer one in all failure.
Breaking new floor in Washington scholarship and American innovative background, Adrienne M. Harrison investigates the 1st president’s committed strategy of self-directed studying via interpreting, a side of his personality and management lengthy missed by way of historians and biographers. In A robust Mind, Harrison indicates that Washington rose to fulfill those trials via a devoted crusade of hugely targeted examining, teaching himself on precisely what he had to do and the way top to do it. unlike different recognized figures of the revolution—Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin—Washington didn't have fun with studying for its personal sake, viewing self-education as a substitute 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 good fortune of his strategy.
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A Powerful Mind: The Self-Education of George Washington by Adrienne M. Harrison