“Young Washington: How Wilderness and War Forged America’s Founding Father” by Peter Stark. ISBN 978-0-06-241606-3. Copyright 2018. Hardcover with 528 pages.
This book was a finalist for the 2019 George Washington Prize. The George Washington Prize is one of the nation's largest and most prestigious literary awards.
In Young Washington, Peter Stark recounts the drama of George Washington’s formative years during the 1750s fighting the French and their Indian allies in the Ohio Valley. Mortified by his initial encounter with a mixed-race French-Seneca officer in western Pennsylvania, Washington worked to master the ways of his European and native foes, and eventually, Starks shows, of the British soldiers, allied Indians, Tidewater gentry, frontier squatters, and imperial politicians whose help he needed if he was to realize his own ambitions. By the time he married Martha Dandridge Custis in 1759 and moved to Mount Vernon, Washington had perfected the chameleon-like ability to adapt to his surroundings that would define the rest of his storied career. The wilderness, Stark shows, is where Washington became the leader we remember today.