Washington: A Life #2020

Washington: A Life By Ron Chernow Washington A Life From National Book Award winner Ron Chernow a landmark biography of George Washington In Washington A Life celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our na
  • Title: Washington: A Life
  • Author: Ron Chernow
  • ISBN: 9781101444184
  • Page: 262
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  • Washington: A Life By Ron Chernow
    Washington: A Life By Ron Chernow From National Book Award winner Ron Chernow, a landmark biography of George Washington 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 reader through his troubled boyhood, his precociFrom National Book Award winner Ron Chernow, a landmark biography of George Washington 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 reader through his troubled boyhood, his precocious feats in the French and Indian War, his creation of Mount Vernon, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and his magnificent performance as America s first president Despite the reverence his name inspires, Washington remains a lifeless waxwork for many Americans, worthy but dull A laconic man of granite self control, he often arouses respect than affection In this groundbreaking work, based on massive research, Chernow dashes forever the stereotype of a stolid, unemotional man A strapping six feet, Washington was a celebrated horseman, elegant dancer, and tireless hunter, with a fiercely guarded emotional life Chernow brings to vivid life a dashing, passionate man of fiery opinions and many moods Probing his private life, he explores his fraught relationship with his crusty mother, his youthful infatuation with the married Sally Fairfax, and his often conflicted feelings toward his adopted children and grandchildren He also provides a lavishly detailed portrait of his marriage to Martha and his complex behavior as a slave master At the same time, Washington is an astute and surprising portrait of a canny political genius who knew how to inspire people Not only did Washington gather around himself the foremost figures of the age, including James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson, but he also brilliantly orchestrated their actions to shape the new federal government, define the separation of powers, and establish the office of the presidency In this unique biography, Ron Chernow takes us on a page turning journey through all the formative events of America s founding With a dramatic sweep worthy of its giant subject, Washington is a magisterial work from one of our most elegant storytellers.
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      Ron Chernow was born in 1949 in Brooklyn, New York After graduating with honors from Yale College and Cambridge University with degrees in English Literature, he began a prolific career as a freelance journalist Between 1973 and 1982, Chernow published over sixty articles in national publications, including numerous cover stories In the mid 80s Chernow went to work at the Twentieth Century Fund, a prestigious New York think tank, where he served as director of financial policy studies and received what he described as a crash course in economics and financial history Chernow s journalistic talents combined with his experience studying financial policy culminated in the writing of his extraordinary first book, The House of Morgan An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance 1990 Winner of the 1990 National Book Award for Nonfiction, The House of Morgan traces the amazing history of four generations of the J.P Morgan empire The New York Times Book Review wrote, As a portrait of finance, politics and the world of avarice and ambition on Wall Street, the book has the movement and tension of an epic novel It is, quite simply, a tour de force Chernow continued his exploration of famous financial dynasties with his second book, The Warburgs 1994 , the story of a remarkable Jewish family The book traces Hamburg s most influential banking family of the 18th century from their successful beginnings to when Hitler s Third Reich forced them to give up their business, and ultimately to their regained prosperity in America on Wall Street.Described by Time as one of the great American biographies, Chernow s Titan The Life of John D Rockefeller, Sr 1998 brilliantly reveals the complexities of America s first billionaire Rockefeller was known as a Robber Baron, whose Standard Oil Company monopolized an entire industry before it was broken up by the famous Supreme Court anti trust decision in 1911 At the same time, Rockefeller was one of the century s greatest philanthropists donating enormous sums to universities and medical institutions Chernow is the Secretary of PEN American Center, the country s most prominent writers organization, and is currently at work on a biography of Alexander Hamilton He lives in Brooklyn Heights, New York.In addition to writing biographies, Chernow is a book reviewer, essayist, and radio commentator His book reviews and op ed articles appear frequently in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal He comments regularly on business and finance for National Public Radio and for many shows on CNBC, CNN, and the Fox News Channel In addition, he served as the principal expert on the AE biography of J.P Morgan and will be featured as the key Rockefeller expert on an upcoming CNBC documentary.

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    • I think it has something to do with his portraits George Washington is our most important president for good or bad he shaped the office into what it is today , he is our most distant president, and he is our most inscrutable president of the presidents we care about, of course Benjamin Harrison is also a tad inscrutable, as if anyone cares To many of his contemporaries, Washington was a demigod As the leader of the Continental Army, he d done the impossible in fighting off the British Empire, t [...]


    • I generally don t like biographies, but, knowing little of Washington save for his French and Indian War and Revolutionary War exploits, and not having heard anything bad about Chernow s biography, I figured I might as well learn something.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 biographie [...]


    • I have been a political junkie for most of my life I realized, however, that outside of the presidents in my lifetime, I have little or no knowledge of the earlier presidents My goal is to read a biography of every president if possible I started with this one Washington A Life by Ron Chernow It is a tome over 800 pages but I am so happy I stuck with it.Outside of the folklore, I realized I knew nothing of the person who was George Washington This book changed that for me Chernow s extensive res [...]


    • After reading a fictional series set throughout the U.S War of Independence, I became highly curious about some of its key actors The first such individual is George Washington, known as the general who led the troops to victory and became the Republic s first president However, as Ron Chernow seeks to illustrate in his tome, little is actually known about Washington beyond his general persona Chernow posits that many short and superficial biographies have been written, which offer only a shallo [...]


    • Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism George WashingtonMy first exposure to Chernow was his now ber famous biography My daughter owns her own copy of Chernow s Alexander Hamilton and just today showed me Chernow rapping Alexander Hamilton dressed in the show s distinctive revolutionary garb for Ham4Ham We were lucky enough to see Hamilton in NYC.So, now, after President Trump s election, I m finding spiritual solace in reading a book a day at least in January and trying to read at [...]


    • It was long It was extremely well researched and very detailed Did I say it was long It was really long It was also brilliant Before reading this, I knew the basic things everyone knows about George Washington Now I know that he wasn t always this god that we think he was He was ambivalent about slavery, made some fairly bad decisions, and spent much of his time dealing with his own insecurities imposter syndrome In short, George Washington was an imperfect human just like the rest of us This im [...]


    • This was the fourth and thickest book I ve read about George Washington, and the third book I ve read by Chernow I previously read his Rockefeller and Hamilton books so I knew what to expect going in It s slow moving at times and it took me a little while to get traction, but I found that the pace picked up around the time that the Revolution got underway Very well researched, and a lot of depth Chernow covers Washington the farmer, the soldier, the general, the President, and the patriarch Alth [...]


    • This is book six I think in my Joe reads at least one book about every President challenge This one was a beast at 928 pages but well worth it What I knew about George Washington before this book you could fit in a thimble I only knew all the stuff they teach to little kids He couldn t tell a lie, chopped down a cherry tree, threw something across a river at some point I guess , wooden teeth and something about Valley Forge That, and everything Dan Brown taught me in The Lost Symbol Needless to [...]


    • 41 hours and 54 minutes later, I am finished 3.5 stars.This biography was fascinating and definitely comprehensive I know about Washington s dental troubles than I need to, really.It was great on audio because it didn t allow me to get bogged down in the details, but by listening to this to and from work for seven weeks, I feel a have a really good general sense of this man and his vital role in the formation of our country I m sure I won t retain good recall of details, but I ve become okay wi [...]


    • From Pulitzer prize winner Ron Chernow, a landmark biography of George Washington 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 reader through his troubled boyhood, his precocious feats in the French and Indian War, his creation of Mount Vernon, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army, his presiding over [...]


    • 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 know etc Prior to reading this, I kind of assumed that I was knowledgeable about GW, I guess just through osmosis my walk to work literally follows the Freedom Trail.Turns out that, despite commuting from hi [...]


    • This great biography of George Washington deserves its critical and popular praise At the end I felt that I knew both the man and the country he helped create.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 Washing [...]


    • bestpresidentialbios 2013 Washington A Life is acclaimed author and historian Ron Chernow s most recent book, for which he received a 2011 Pulitzer Prize He has also written biographies on John D Rockefeller, Sr and Alexander Hamilton and is particularly well known for his inaugural book The House of Morgan This is the longest single volume biography on Washington in my library and is the second best read among major available titles Because this biography clocks in at three times the length of [...]


    • I feel like I have been reading this book forever although I see it has only been about three weeks I experienced this book in the audible format and as such it is 41 hours long I am giving it five stars because I enjoyed listening to it going to bed and felt that it gave a fairly balanced view of George Washington I have just recently been reading some of the biographies of the founding fathers.I was amazed to realize that the American revolution lasted eight years and Washington was the comman [...]


    • Washington A Life deserves kudos for its painstaking use of primary source material to re construct the world in which George Washington lived, but it does not rise to the level of my favorite historical biographies because it too often eschews analysis save for the occasional paragraph or two at the end of certain chapters Ron Chernow appears to be in the pure historical biographer camp, in that he presents events context, and leaves most of the critical thinking to the reader While there are b [...]


    • This is the story of George Washington s life from the cradle to the grave, his family, his country, his story Chernow has created a passionate volume of the personage that was Washington 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 length wi [...]


    • It is understandable why it can be hard to penetrate the surface of George Washington, Father of the United States In his lifetime, Washington was revered as a demigod, winning his three most important political appointments general of the Continental Army and two terms as President unanimously The gloss of history has only served to further cement the man into marble, starting immediately upon his death with contemporary publishers seeking to cash in on his passing with glorified renditions of [...]


    • This was 3.5 stars.but I just didn t feel like rounding up for one main reason However, before I get there, this biography of George Washington was well researched and well written He was truly a great man He was in the right places at the right times and he did what he had to do, a lot of which would not be politically correct today His relationship with his mother made me sad I felt for him Overall this book was extremely detailed It has all the info about this man you would want to know, and [...]


    • How to breathe life into this man, already eulogized, mythologized, stamped on currency and sculpted into marble Washington didn t help by being so guarded and so careful with his public image His wife didn t help by burning their correspondence So, historians have suffered or invented.Chernow has succeeded, and convincingly He does it by looking at Washington in relation to others Thus, we see Washington the pragmatic yet loving husband So, he married for money So what He was faithful Chernow d [...]


    • I FINISHED It has been a long four years, you guys.This was interesting It s certainly comprehensive and it s mostly readable, but the trouble I mostly had is that there is a lot I just didn t care about reading This is often a problem I have with biographies of military figures, in that stuff is very hard for me to conceptualize I think that I found the stuff about Washington s relationship to slavery the most compelling of all of the information in the book, and it definitely does the most to [...]


    • This book is full of such detail that I do not sure how to start It covers all details known of George Washington s life Although he was considered one of Virginia s wealthiest farmers, he always struggled to make money and particularly struggled when he left Mount Vernon to lead the war against England The troubles he faced leading the continental army are thoroughly described To keep my review of this fantastic book short I am going to lay out some of his great achievements first.After being d [...]


    • Ii s difficult to write a review of Ron Chernow s masterpiece and then I should not.This book should be studied Ron Chernow describes the life not only of George Washington from the cradle to when he died but the reader can grasp everything that went on during this time February 22, 1732 to December 14, 1799 His great great grandfather was Lawrence Washington with a history as an Anglican Minister, hounded from his parish in the Puritan cleansing.Lawrence s son, John, was into tobacco trade and [...]


    • There are many wonderful books on one of America s founding fathers, America s first President, General and a Virginia farmer, George Washington There are many historical details, facts and analysis on who George Washington was, what he believed in, what he stood for and how he lived his life This book stands out from the rest in several areas Here the author dwells into the politics of George Washington Even though everywhere you look or read, even in this book at first, Washington didn t like [...]


    • I am up to the point of Washington s first Presidency I am especially enjoying the way Chernow has presented the very human side of GW and the people with whom he associated Makes one realize that human nature has not changed over generations Too bad we do not have leaders such as GW today I doubt that he would have survived the brutal political process that modern day Presidents must run the gauntlet I sense that GW suffered in his presidential role I believe that he may have been introverted, [...]


    • I had a hard time rating this book One one hand, the detail put into researching and documenting Washington s life is incredible Miniscule details about his social and political life really bring out the full picture of just who Washington was Essentially this book will give you a great look into how Washington lived his life.However, I was slightly disappointed in Chernow s presentation of Washington throughout the book The author s glowing admiration for Washington s character put a distinct b [...]


    • With a military history minor and plans for a masters degree arond the corner, I devote an inordinate amount of my time to reading history books and biographies Chernow s take on Alexander Hamilton has been on my to read list for some time, but he released this Washington bio before I could get to Hamilton.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 detaili [...]


    • This reading has enabled me to become intimately acquainted with this larger than life hero of mine I am able to fully appreciate the drudgery of war that Washington endured over the months and years His ability to deal with the paradox of his situation is what in my mind makes him the true hero It becomes clear that he was conforming to a divinely appointed roll As he himself believed, providence worked in his and the new counties behalf.As the new government works out the details of its oper [...]



    • What a book There s never really been anyone quite like Washington He was not only perfect for what he accomplished but the only one who could have done so While other Founding Fathers come under close scrutiny for their vices, Washington stands alone in being equal to his legend I felt like this book covered his youth, war services, and presidency very well The author really showcases how his achievements as a war leader and policies as a politician were pivotal in our country s founding Cherno [...]


    • A remarkable book about a remarkable man As silly as it sounds, after pouring over this book for so long, I find myself missing him PI love American history, and so much of its beginnings involve Washington Chernow did a phenomenal job telling the story of his life I never once got bored I learned a ton about him as a man as well as our country in its early days I highly, highly recommend reading this.


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