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Blooding at Great Meadows: Young George Washington and the Battle That Shaped the Man

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George Washington is at once the most familiar and most remote of the founding fathers. He remains today what he was in 1841, an icon more marble than flesh. What influences shaped his life and how did his surrender at Great Meadows at age 22 give him the strength to become The Father of Our Country?
Published May 1st 2007 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published April 1st 2007)
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Dec 20, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting, insightful history of Washington’s early military career, from his childhood interest in the profession and his relationship with his brother Lawrence to his service during the French and Indian War. The latter (his mission to the Forks and events at Fort Necessity and the Monongahela) takes up most of the book, and Axelrod chronicles what lessons Washington took from the experience.

Too often, however, Axelrod tries too hard to find anything redemptive about Washington in an affa
Jul 17, 2008 rated it liked it
Listened to the audio book. All about the very early exploits of George Washington. Much of the book centers around his origins and the VA planter society that spawned him. I found it to be a decent read on the subject-- Washington's early life is pretty much a mystery to historians. Very few legitimate artifacts from the period exist, so a window into his character development and early history is particularly welcome. The author does a very workmanlike job of presenting the subject and comment ...more
Feb 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: history, audio
The actual battle(s) at Great Meadows are just a small part of the story here. Lots of background. Most of the Washington biographical info is better covered elsewhere (Ron Chernow) but this book does go into some depth about the relations of France, England, and their colonists with the native Americans.
Jan 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Interesting history of Washington, not so much about the Battle at Great Meadows, since that does not enter the story until the last half of the novel, it is really a biography of young Washington that stops at the battle, considering what effect the battle had on the later Washington. Like many unskilled historians, Axelrod is tempted to speculate about Washington's feelings even when he knows nothing of them. "One is tempted to say" and other elucutions fill the pages early on, though as Axelr ...more
Apr 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
"Blooding at Great Meadows" by Alan Axelrod describes George Washington's family and early life through "Braddock's Disaster". (And yes, I understand that the battle at Great Meadows preceded Braddock's Disaster by a year.)

Axelrod successfully and honestly threads the various takes on George Washington; From the "can-do no wrong" of the Cherry Tree story through the revisionist arguments that he could do no right. I found particularly interesting the discussion on how the Washington family climb
Jul 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the most comprehensive book on George Washington's early military career I have ever come across. Although the book is nonfiction, the story flowed well with real drama and details that made me feel as though I could actually see what was going on. In the era of a book and movie about Lincoln being a vampire hunter, this true story about Washington would be a block-buster of a different magnitude. I highly encourage any Washington fans to read "Blooding at Great Meadows."
Casey Mahon
Just finished the audiobook edition of Blooding at Great Meadows by Alan Axelrod. Interesting book about George Washington's Diplomatic and Military adventures which started the French and Indian War. The book tied the lessons Washington learned in these generally unsuccessful campaigns with the way he handled his future experiences. I was surprised at how well connected he was at such a young age and how well known these campaigns made him amongst his contemporaries.
Jul 07, 2009 rated it liked it
Good historical documentation, but somewhat tedious story of Washington’s first command, which was characterized by errors and ended in surrender. This is advanced-intermediate history--not a good first read on Washington.
Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well written biography of George Washington's military years prior to the French and Indian War. I enjoyed this biography slightly more than David Clary's George Washington's First War.
Daniel Duval
Feb 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit obscure but a good read.
I learned some new things about Washington from this book that went into quite a bit of detail.
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