The Education of George Washington: How a forgotten book shaped the character of a hero
The Education of George Washington answers this question with a new discovery about his past and the surprising book that shaped him. Who better to unearth them than George Washington’s great-nephew, Austin Washington?
Most Washington fans have heard of “The Rules of Civility” and learned that this guided our first President. But that’s not the book that truly made George Washington who he was. In The Education of George Washington, Austin Washington reveals the secret that he discovered about Washington’s past that explains his true model for conduct, honor, and leadership—an example that we could all use.
The Education of George Washington also includes a complete facsimile of the forgotten book that changed George Washington's life.
his half-brother, Austin Washington. At that school George learned the kind of pragmatic things that his “better educated” half-brothers would never understand—most notably, surveying and bookkeeping, which were to be vital in George’s future life. At Austin’s home, however, through conversation, formal tutorials, and reading the books Austin kept in his library, George got at least a smattering of the sorts of ideas and knowledge he would have been immersed in at Appleby. Ultimately, though,
enough about to devote ten thousand hours to. That much practice, along with whatever innate talents and abilities you may have, leads you to greatness, he says. He points to students at Julliard who entered at varying levels of ability, some of whom ended up successful concert pianists, some not. The difference is not their perceived abilities when they started Julliard but how many hours they practiced when they were there. No matter how talented they were, they didn’t become great without a
been so thoroughly eradicated that their names sound almost quaint to us. They were unavoidable, and therefore unremarkable, in all times before our own. The most prevalent disease surely was tuberculosis, or “consumption,” a constant threat, and one of the most common causes of death in George Washington’s day. It had been ubiquitous since men started living in close proximity to other men and domesticated the cow. (Tuberculosis is thought to have originally been a bovine disease.) George
the passing incident of George catching smallpox in Barbados. Did you notice, as he lay in bed those three weeks, how the entire future of the world changed? Had George not had smallpox then and thus developed immunity, he very likely would have caught it when it swept through the army during the Revolution. In a harsher climate than Barbados, in the middle of a war, at an older age—it was much more likely it would have killed him. Had General George Washington died of smallpox, the American
Redstone Creek. This, George reasoned, could be the basis for some kind of temporary fort. Of course, thirty-seven miles in a land where trees had to be chopped down to create a path large enough for the wagons that carried your supplies was a lot farther than thirty-seven miles on the Hollywood freeway (except at rush hour, when it’s about the same distance). Keeping a cool head at unexpectedly hot moments is a virtue. Pitting fewer than two hundred barely trained soldiers against a thousand