David O. Stewart's newest book, George Washington: The Political Rise of America’s Founding Father, is an account of how George Washington became the single most dominant force in the creation of the United States of America. Washington's rise constitutes one of the greatest self-reinventions in history. In his midtwenties, this third son of a modest Virginia planter had ruined his own military career thanks to an outrageous ego. But by his midforties, that headstrong, unwise young man had evolved into an unassailable leader chosen as the commander in chief of the fledgling Continental Army. By his midfifties, he was unanimously elected the nation's first president. How did Washington emerge from the wilderness to become the central founder of the United States of America? Mr. Stewart will discuss his research and writing, and answer audience questions.