By Adrienne M. Harrison
His formal education suddenly 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 educational foundations shared through his extra hugely trained contemporaries. but Washington’s legacy is obviously now not certainly one of failure.
Breaking new flooring in Washington scholarship and American progressive 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 missed by means of historians and biographers. In A robust Mind, Harrison indicates that Washington rose to satisfy those trials via a dedicated crusade of hugely centred examining, teaching himself on precisely what he had to do and the way most sensible 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 in its place 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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A Powerful Mind: The Self-Education of George Washington by Adrienne M. Harrison