George Washington is often portrayed as a great leader but a poor general. In tonight’s talk, Tom Ricks will focus on Washington’s development as a military leader. The talk will highlight aspects of his research for his latest book First Principles: What America’s Founders Learned from the Greeks and Romans and How That Shaped Our Country. In the book that will be released for distribution on November 10th, Tom examines and compares the educations of founding fathers Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and Madison. He explores what they learned, where they learned it, who from, and what they did with that knowledge.
Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008 and was on the staff of the Wall Street Journal for seventeen years before that. He reported on American military operations in Somalia, Haiti, Korea, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Kuwait, Turkey, Afghanistan and Iraq. A member of two Pulitzer Prize-winning teams, he is also the author of several books, including The Generals, The Gamble, Churchill & Orwell, and the number-one New York Times bestseller Fiasco, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He wrote First Principles while a visiting fellow in history at Bowdoin College.
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