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Washington by Ron Chernow
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May 27, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: american-history, american-revolution-era, non-fiction, non-fiction-favorite, biography, own-read
Read from March 24 to May 27, 2012

Another top book from Ron Chernow. This has joined my favorites list alongside Chernow's Hamilton and McCullough's Adams. Outstanding book about the Father of our nation, George Washington.

I love Chernow's writing style. He does such a great job of blending the primary source material with the history of the time, all the while mixing in his own take on things without being overbearing. I like how he does not excuse the flaws of his subjects. He rightly takes Washington to task for his views and behaviors in areas like slavery and the treatment of his employees. However, he brings to life the marble figure of Washington and shows us the man behind the legend. There is not much I can say that has not already been said, but overall I enjoyed this book from start to finish. It is hard not to love what Washington did for this country after reading this book. Great time to finish it - during Memorial Day Weekend.

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