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

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Alan Axelrod

Narrated By: David Drummond

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: January 2006

Duration: 8 hours 53 minutes


History celebrates George Washington as the leader of the American Revolution and the father of his country. But what has gone previously unexamined is Washington's life as a twenty-two-year-old lieutenant colonel who led four hundred American militiamen against a bigger, more experienced French army and paid a high price. Not only did Washington lose over a third of his men but the Battle of Great Meadows was also the spark that ignited the French and Indian War.

Yet in the midst of this bitter battle, Washington forged the intellectual, visceral, and spiritual aspects that enabled him to achieve all that he did in the years that followed. In this never-before-told account, historian Alan Axelrod examines the geopolitical, financial, and intensely personal issues that shaped the leader he would become.

'David Drummond finds the thread and inner logic of Axelrod's narrative, and draws together his numerous themes into a compelling and satisfying story. Drummond's brisk, unaffected delivery matches Alexrod's unromanticized portrait of the great Founding Father'richness, breadth, and nuance are enhanced in this fine production.''AudioFile