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George Washington

Calista McCabe Courtenay

Book Overview: 

In this biography for young people, Calista McCabe Courtenay takes the reader from George Washington the surveyor to his early military career, first as a colonel in the Virgina militia and then as a member of General Braddock'a staff during the French and Indian War. He later commanded the Virginia forces before joining the First Continental Congress. Much of the book is devoted to his campaigns during the American Revolution. At the end, we see him as President for two terms.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . campaign, fought against such odds, had not been successful, but Washington was publicly thanked for his bravery and hard work.[Pg 19]

He resigned his commission and went to look after his mother's affairs. He soon settled at Mount Vernon and began work on his farm. His greatest desire was to devote himself to country life, but he was needed too much by the colony to be allowed to live as a private man.

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Washington taking command of the Army CHAPTER II

WASHINGTON APPOINTED A MEMBER OF GEN. BRADDOCK'S STAFF—FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR—WASHINGTON MADE COMMANDER OF VIRGINIA FORCES—CAUSES OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION—WASHINGTON A MEMBER OF THE FIRST CONTINENTAL CONGRESS—1755-1775

Early in the following year (1775), England sent out General Braddock and a thousand soldiers, trained in battle, to take Fort Duquesne and drive the French from the Ohio Valley. Washington was appointed a mem. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Blah. Not the best biography. There were a few tidbits of new information in here but for the most part, read a comprehensive history of the Revolution and you'll learn more about Washington than you will from this biography. On the plus side, it's very short and you can get through this thing in...more

Decent short Biography on Washington from birth to death, focused of course on his work in the American militia.

Kind of dry for a biography but informative. I listened to this as an audiobook. The reader was awful.

Very short overview of Washington's life. Even though it is supposed to be a biography for young people, I can't imagine any that would enjoy reading it. Not so much a story but a continuous list of facts with a good amount of hero worship mixed in for goods measure. That all being said, if you w...more

A short and interesting look at the life of George Washington. I enjoyed it.

Enjoyable audiobook. Since it was written for children as the intended audience, it does not go into a lot of detail. Also it is very positive, to the point you'd think George Washington never had a bad day in his life. However, It is just fine as a simple, general biography of Washington.