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In Riding with George, I explore Washington’s deeds and chivalry through the prism of the centuries-old British idea of sport. In the saddle and on foot – with help from a motley cast of historians and re-enactors – I visit the hills where George played, ballrooms where he danced, and fields where he hunted and fought. In the process, I use my own background as a war correspondent, sports reporter and amateur equestrian to focus on Washington’s exploits as a foxhunter, woodsman, warrior and man of manners, explaining in conversational narrative how George’s performances helped crystallize his contribution to our modern ideas of sportsmanship and chivalry, even as they also highlight the intimate ties between sports and war. 

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