On Friday, July 21st, Elizabeth Mandros of Mystique Jewelers hosted a book signing reception for her good friend, Philip G. Smucker, who has written his second book entitled “Riding with George: Sportsmanship & Chivalry in the Making of America’s First President” (Chicago Review Press, July 1, 2017).

Though known primarily as a decorated Revolutionary War General and as the first President of the United States, George Washington was first and foremost a product of his youth where he excelled at sport and competition, became a superior figure on the dance floor, and developed a cultured form of address and style. Through this lens, Smucker, Washington’s fifth great-grandnephew, has explored the life of Washington and why he was able to accomplish so much. It is a fascinating new look at how early success led to moments of amazing courage and action on the part of Washington.

Adding fun to the event, Smucker dressed up as George and rode “Holly” outside Mystique to the delight of some participants and nearby observers. ML

Getting to know Holly is author Philip G. Smucker.

Getting to know Holly is author Philip G. Smucker.

Philip G. Smucker and Elizabeth Mandros of Mystique Jewelers.

Philip G. Smucker and Elizabeth Mandros of Mystique Jewelers.

Philip G. Smucker holding his new book, "Riding with George" on Holly.

Philip G. Smucker holding his new book, “Riding with George” on Holly.