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Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow

Washington: A Life (2010)

by Ron Chernow

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Well-written book. Easy to read and well-researched. Fully deserving of the Pulitzer Prize. ( )
  zen_923 | Mar 3, 2017 |
Chernow has produced an in depth yet accessible biography of one of America's truly great men. Washington was a disciplined and honorable man, filled with ambition yet moderated by virtue. He was not flawless, but he was not a fraud either. Seeing Washington in his struggles yet watching as he mastered them almost magnifies his accomplishments. He was not born to privilege. It was his lot to see most of his family and many of his friends die during his lifetime. He was a bit of a romantic though he suppressed it. He envisioned himself as a prosperous and modern farmer though his home in Mt. Vernon was a continually disappointing challenge. The slights he received from the British during his time as a colonial officer blossomed into a real disgust though his reasons for pursuing independence for the nation were not personal. Though not highly educated, Washington was intelligent and conversed with thinkers. This gave a him a broad and mature outlook on statecraft and on men. The latter allowed him to shepherd a disorganized and beaten army to eventual triumph. After the war, Washington led the nation when no one else could. His presence provided the goodwill the new government needed to establish itself. It cost Washington dearly in terms of friends and energy. In the end, he was successful, and he knew it. He left behind the beginning of a new nation.

Chernow brings Washington to life. In places, he provides too much detail. However, the overall effect is a comprehensive look at the life of a truly great man. ( )
  jstamp26 | Jan 3, 2017 |
A look back at the United States' very first President. This book takes you back through the life of George Washington. From chopping down a cherry tree, all the way to his wooden teeth.

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This was quite the interesting book. It gives all kinds of information of our very first president.

Classroom Extension:
1. My students can make a list of what all they would do if they were president.
2. We can get creative and create our very own cherry tree.
3. We can put on a show and all be different presidents.
  t.smith12 | Nov 28, 2016 |
Incredible detail and so much new (to me) information. Take your time with this one. ( )
  mamashepp | Mar 29, 2016 |
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At 900-odd densely packed pages, “Washington” can be arid at times. But it’s also deeply rewarding as a whole, and it does genuinely amplify and recast our perceptions of Washington’s importance.

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- Abigail Adams, speaking of George Washington after his death
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(Prelude) In March 1793 Gilbert Stuart crossed the North Atlantic for the express purpose of painting President George Washington, the supreme prize of the age for any ambitious portrait artist.
The crowded career of George Washington afforded him little leisure to indulge his vanity or gratify his curiosity by conducting genealogical research into his family.
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In "Washington : a Life" celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation, dashing forever the stereotype of a stolid, unemotional man, and revealing an astute and surprising portrait of a canny political genius who knew how to inspire people.… (more)

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