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ABOUT THE BOOK “I heard the bullets whistle and, believe me, there is something charming in the sound.­” George Washington (age 22), 1754 At the age of 22, George Washington started the French and Indian War. Young Washington was haughty, almost obsessively status-­conscious, and plagued by a foolhardy desire to plunge into the midst of deadly combat. Although he was also characterized by many of the fine qualities modern Americans generally associate with him: bravery, intelligence, and grace under pressure, he could hardly have been called wise, or even prudent, in 1753, when the young surveyor led British troops into disputed territory near modern-­day Pittsburgh. Washington’s mission was to approach the French at Fort Duquesne, explain that the territory was technically part of Virginia and, thus, belonged to the British, and demand that the French withdraw. The first part of the mission went off track when French commander Captain LeGardeur de St. Pierre refused Britain’s . . .

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