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Riding With George : Sportsmanship, Chivalry, and the Making of America's First President (Hardcover)

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Long before George Washington was a president or general, he was a sportsman. Born in 1732, his physique and aspirations were tailor-made for his age, one in which displays of physical prowess were essential to recognition in society. At six feet two inches with a penchant for rambunctious horse riding, what he lacked in formal schooling he made up for in physical strength, skill, and ambition. Virginia colonial society rewarded men who were socially adept, strong, graceful, and fair at play. Washington’s memorable performances on the hunting field and on the battlefield helped crystallize his contribution to our modern ideas about athleticism and chivalry, even as they also highlight the intimate ties between sports and war. Invariably, George’s actions, taken individually and seen by others as the core of his being, helped a young nation bridge the old to the new, as well as the aristocrat to the republican.
            Author Philip G. Smucker, a fifth-great grandnephew of George Washington, uses his background as a war correspondent, sports reporter, and amateur equestrian to weave an insightful tale based upon his own travels in the footsteps and hoofprints of Washington as a surveyor, sportsman, and field commander. As often as possible, he saddles up and charges off into Washington’s old stomping grounds to see what George’s woods, byways, and battlefields look like from atop a saddle. Riding with George is “boots-in-stirrups” storytelling that unspools Washington’s rise to fame in a never-before-told yarn. It shows how a young Virginian’s athleticism and Old World chivalry propelled him to become a model of right action and good manners for a fledgling nation.
Number of Pages: 304
Genre: Biography + Autobiography, History
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Independent Pub Group
Author: Philip G. Smucker
Language: English
Street Date: July 1, 2017
TCIN: 51998617
UPC: 9781613736050
Item Number (DPCI): 248-39-4951
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