Blooding at Great Meadows
Alan Axelrod

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Narrated By: David Drummond

Duration: 8 hours and 52 minutes

What to expect

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; he 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 Washington would become.


Military history, Biography: historical, political and military, Biography: historical, political and military, Political leaders and leadership, European history, European history, Military history, History of the Americas, Social and cultural history, Indigenous peoples, History of the Americas

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“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.”


“Informative and readable…The author manages to evoke the period extremely well despite the brevity of his narrative and provides sufficient background to make the events intelligible, not to mention energetic and gripping.”

Library Journal

Blooding at Great Meadows is an amazing scrutiny of life-shaping events in a legendary national leader.”