First Entrepreneur: How George Washington Built His--and the Nation's--Prosperity by Edward G. LengelFirst Entrepreneur: How George Washington Built His--and the Nation's--Prosperity by Edward G. Lengel

First Entrepreneur: How George Washington Built His--and the Nation's--Prosperity

byEdward G. Lengel

Hardcover | January 26, 2016

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The United States was conceived in business, founded on business, and operated as a business-all because of the entrepreneurial mind of the greatest American businessman of any generation: George Washington.

Using Washington's extensive but often overlooked financial papers, Edward G. Lengel chronicles the fascinating and inspiring story of how this self-educated man built the Mount Vernon estate into a vast multilayered enterprise and prudently managed meager resources to win the war of independence. Later, as president, he helped establish the national economy on a solid footing and favorably positioned the nation for the Industrial Revolution. Washington's steadfast commitment to the core economic principles of probity, transparency, careful management, and calculated boldness are timeless lessons that should inspire and instruct investors even today.

First Entrepreneur will transform how ordinary Americans think about George Washington and how his success in commercial enterprise influenced and guided the emerging nation.
Edward G. Lengel is an American military historian and professor at the University of Virginia. He is the director of the Washington Papers documentary editing project in Charlottesville, Virginia, and is the author of General George Washington: A Military Life, which was a finalist for the 2006 George Washington Book Prize, and Invent...
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Title:First Entrepreneur: How George Washington Built His--and the Nation's--ProsperityFormat:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 9.25 × 6.5 × 1 inPublished:January 26, 2016Publisher:Da Capo PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0306823470

ISBN - 13:9780306823473

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"Tautly organized and engagingly written...First Entrepreneur succeeds admirably in its goal of systematically exploring and highlighting Washington's considerable entrepreneurship."-EH.net (Economic History Association)