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

Hardcover | January 26, 2016

byEdward G. Lengel

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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.

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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 stor...

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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Format: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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"Lengel knows a great deal about his subject...Lengel's proximity to Washington's vast correspondence has enabled him to show a side of Washington that has gone under the radar-his entrepreneurial skills...Academics, students, and history enthusiasts alike will take a great deal from this book...Wonderfully written...Elegant, engaging prose...Given that so much has already been written about Washington, the fact that Lengel has offered new information should not be underestimated."-Journal of Southern History