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Author: Peter Stark Narrator: Malcolm Hillgartner Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2018 ISBN: 9780062847454
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A vivid and groundbreaking portrait of a young, struggling George Washington that casts a new light on his character and the history of American independence, from the bestselling author of Astoria

Two decades before he led America to independence, George Washington was a flailing young soldier serving the British Empire in the vast wilderness of the Ohio Valley. Naive and self-absorbed, the twenty-two-year-old officer accidentally ignited the French and Indian War—a conflict that opened colonists to the possibility of an American Revolution.

With powerful narrative drive and vivid writing, Young Washington recounts the wilderness trials, controversial battles, and emotional entanglements that transformed Washington from a temperamental striver into a mature leader. Enduring terrifying summer storms and subzero winters imparted resilience and self-reliance, helping prepare him for what he would one day face at Valley Forge. Leading the Virginia troops into battle taught him to set aside his own relentless ambitions and stand in solidarity with those who looked to him for leadership. Negotiating military strategy with British and colonial allies honed his diplomatic skills. And thwarted in his obsessive, youthful love for one woman, he grew to cultivate deeper, enduring relationships.   

By weaving together Washington’s harrowing wilderness adventures and a broader historical context, Young Washington offers new insights into the dramatic years that shaped the man who shaped a nation.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is a gripping, cinematic adventure tale that made me envious of not just young George Washington’s exploits, but Peter Stark’s ability to make them so real and immediate.”

    Carl Hoffman, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Stark puts his background as an adventure writer to good use, bringing thrilling immediacy and literary flair to George Washington’s youthful exploits.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “In the style of an adventure story, with vivid descriptions and detailed explanations, this book is fully supported by letters, journal entries, and military documents. For Washington enthusiasts and general readers interested in French and Indian War campaigns.”

    Library Journal

  • “Lively, well-researched…A discerning history of pre-Revolutionary America and the man who shaped its future.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Truly distinctive…Above the level of a well-done historical adventure…A great human story.”

    Chicago Tribune on Astoria

  • “A valuable book…but more importantly for my perspective, it’s really good reading.”

    Nancy Pearl, Morning Edition book commentator, on Astoria

  • “A fast-paced, riveting account of exploration and settlement, suffering and survival, treachery and death…The story of America’s first colony on the continent’s West coast.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on Astoria

  • “Brings to vivid life a series of critical turning points in the career of a youthful George Washington in search of himself and his role in history. A portrait of greatness in the making.”

    Laurence Bergreen, author of Columbus

  • “Peter Stark has a remarkable ability to combine brilliant storytelling with thoughtful analysis. Young Washington is a wonderful book—as engrossing as it is informative.”

    J. William T. Youngs, professor of history at Eastern Washington University

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About the Author

Peter Stark is the author of The Last Empty Spaces, Last Breath, At the Mercy of the River, and the essay collection Driving to Greenland. He is the editor of the anthology Ring of Ice. A correspondent for Outside, he has written for Smithsonian and the New Yorker, among other publications, and has been nominated for a National Magazine Award. He lives in Montana.

About the Narrator

Malcolm Hillgartner is an accomplished actor, writer, and musician. Named an AudioFile Best Voice of 2013 and the recipient of several Earphones Awards, he has narrated over 175 audiobooks.