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Mount Vernon congratulates Nathaniel Philbrick, winner of the 2017 George Washington Prize for his book, Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution (Viking).

Awarded annually by Mount Vernon, Washington College, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the $50,000 prize is one of the nation’s largest and most notable literary awards. It recognizes the past year’s best new works on the nation’s founding era, especially those that have the potential to advance broad public understanding of early American history.


Valiant Ambition
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Valiant Ambition

Watch Philbrick discuss his winning work.

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Ford Evening Book Talks

The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington invites you to join us for our monthly Ford Evening Book Talk, which features authors and historians discussing their latest books about George Washington and our nation’s Founding era.

Lectures are free and open to the public, and books will be available for purchase.

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