Peter Stark, historian and author of Young Washington: How Wilderness and War Forged America’s Founding Father (HarperCollins Publishers), discusses how George Washington learned some very difficult lessons in the wilderness when he was in his 20s that shaped his leadership skills and ultimately his approach to prosecuting the war and serving as our nation’s first president.
[Recorded July 09, 2020.]
Peter Stark is an adventure and exploration writer and historian. Born in Wisconsin, he studied English and anthropology at Dartmouth College, took a master’s in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, and headed off to the remote spots of the world writing magazine articles and books. With a home base in Missoula, Montana, he and his family periodically have lived abroad for a year, most recently in a small town in Northeast Brazil. A long-time correspondent for Outside magazine, Stark’s articles and essays have also appeared in Smithsonian, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Men’s Journal, and many others. His previous book, Astoria, was a New York Times bestseller, a finalist for a PEN USA literary award, and was adapted into an epic, two-part play by Portland Center Stage in Portland, Oregon.
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