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Washington: A Life - Ron Chernow
Washington: A Life
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Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Biography Celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation and the first president of the United States. With a breadth and depth matched by no other one volume biography of George Washington, this crisply paced... show more
Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Biography Celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation and the first president of the United States. With a breadth and depth matched by no other one volume biography of George Washington, this crisply paced narrative carries the reader through his adventurous early years, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and his magnificent performance as America's first president. In this groundbreaking work, based on massive research, Chernow shatters forever the stereotype of George Washington as a stolid, unemotional figure and brings to vivid life a dashing, passionate man of fiery opinions and many moods. “Truly magnificent… [a] well-researched, well-written and absolutely definitive biography” –Andrew Roberts, The Wall Street Journal “Superb… the best, most comprehensive, and most balanced single-volume biography of Washington ever written.” –Gordon S. Wood, The New York Review of Books “A truly gripping biography of George Washington... I can’t recommend it highly enough—as history, as epic, and, not least, as entertainment. It’s as luxuriantly pleasurable as one of those great big sprawling, sweeping Victorian novels.”  –Hendrik Hertzberg, The New Yorker
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780143119968 (0143119966)
Publisher: Penguin
Pages no: 928
Edition language: English
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Amber's Thoughts
Amber's Thoughts rated it
5.0 The Microbiome of Democracy: A Life at the Roots of the Tree of Liberty
As I finished this book, the following image came to me: At the roots of every tree are bacteria and fungi, life forms we may think of as “icky” which are essential to the health of the tree. In and on our own bodies as well, innumerable tiny organisms thrive, and this population keeps us functionin...
mattries37315
mattries37315 rated it
4.5 More than "First in War, First in Peace, and First in the Hearts of His Countrymen"
The life of George Washington is not the stoic, myth-laden journey most people have fixed in their minds. As revealed in Ron Chernow’s excellent biography, the stoic man in paintings hid an emotional complex man who went from being a loyal British subject for the first two-thirds of his life to the...
Seriously, Read a Book!
Seriously, Read a Book! rated it
4.0 Washington: A Life
Update: I just couldn't leave this review as it was, given Winona Ryder's amazing “Drunk History” portrayal of Benedict Arnold's wife, Peggy Shippen. This book was everything that I didn't know that I didn't know about George Washington (you know, like in that punnet square of things you know you...
Peregrinations
Peregrinations rated it
5.0 Washington: A Life
I have listened to this book twice now and will probably listen again. I like Chernow's writing. I like the depth and breadth of the research and that he tries to include every detail that is known about the man's life. What I miss by listening are footnotes and citations but it is obvious that Cher...
Book Thoughts
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5.0 Washington: A Life
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 hi...
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