Conversations at the Washington Library is a weekly podcast about early American history and the people who teach it.

Woodland Washington

In this episode, Dr. Joseph Stoltz sits down with Peter Stark, author of Young Washington: How Wilderness and War Forged America's Founding Father, to discuss Washington's early career and its impact on his life.

Peter Stark is the author of the New York Times bestseller Astoria, along with The Last Empty Places, Last Breath, and At the Mercy of the River. He is a frequent contributor to Outside Magazine, has written for Smithsonian and the New Yorker and has been nominated for a National Magazine Award.



Joseph Stoltz is a historian and the Deputy Director of Leadership Programs at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon. He is also the author of A Bloodless Victory: The Battle of New Orleans in History and Memory.

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