Washington: A Life
In Washington: A Life celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation. With a breadth and depth matched by no other one-volume life of Washington, this crisply paced narrative carries the listener through his troubled boyhood, his precoci...more
Washington’s restraint manifested itself as personal reserve that governed his anger and his appetites. Chernow argues that Washington was not the col...more
Why should you read this book when you think that you know all you need to about George Washington? I think that you should because this book is wonderful, both in the writing and in the level of detail. Chernow is a wonderful writer. As with his other biograp...more
As the new government works out the details...more
“By the time of his death, Washington had poured his last...more
Chernow does a better job than any other book I've read in depicting Washington's courage during battles and how his presence and leadership stopped many American retreats and inspired many American advances during key moments in the Revolutionary War. However, this is not a fawning biography, Chernow discusses strategic mistakes by Washi...more
First of all, I give it 4.5 stars, not a perfect 5 as I think the one downfall to this story is that it is not something that every American will read (and in this day and age, we all need to read this story) - full of intellectual vocabulary (thank goodness for reading the ebook version), and the relative...more
I was also a touch surprised to learn that...more
As with House of Morgan, Chernow is a fairly dry and humorless author, but unlike the earlier work the subject matter here is so incredibly dramatic that it made no difference -- I enjoyed all of the 850 pages.
What to say about the man himself? It is fascinating to watch his rise from obscurity due to...more
1. George and Martha never had children together,...more
Anybody who thinks today's politics is a blood sport ought to read about the conflict between Washington and Hamilton, on one side, and Jefferson and Madison on the other, in the early federal period. Vicious stuff, lots of slander and double-dealing.
The shadow side to the brilliant and inspiring story of the conquering...more
Chernow elucidates broad themes about Washington's character and significance:
Washington spent an incredible amount of time and energy worrying about what people thought about him wh...more
Ok. So it turns out I'm not the first to embark on this project of reading one book on each president chronologically. Browsing the reviews of Chernow's very thorough Washington book I notice that a number of folks have set off on the same journey. I wonder how many of us will actually find our way to Mr. Obama.
On to the topic at hand. I loved this book and this wonderful character! As many a reviewer here has noted, Chernow's stated goal was to demythologize our country's father and excavate, t...more
And, I had to grab the George Washington piece first. As an avid fan of the legendary American figure, I absorb any and all information on him as I can. And, Chernow does a fantastic job de...more
I know, we all learned about Washington in grade school – how honest he was (the old Cherry Tree episode) and all about his false teeth made of wood. How he was the general in...more