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Washington by Ron Chernow
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Dec 08, 2011

it was amazing
Read in December, 2011

Ron Chernow is an American prize and Washington, A Life, is another example of his lucid and entertaining writing style. Chernow gives an objective picture of the man -- his foibles (temper, ambition) and attributes (bravery, humility). This objectivity ultimately results in a portrait of a hero. Washington comes off as the indispensible man of the revolution and the founding; regardless of his contemporaries’ opinions of his politics all deferred to Washington’s character. His sterling reputation trumped potential detriments such as a limited education, and a lack of brilliant mind (he had a plodding intelligence which resulted in more wisdom than sparkle). Well done Ron, a fine follow up to Titan and Alexander Hamilton.

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