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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Washington-Ron Chernow-Blog Tour

About Washington: A LifeWashington: A Life

  • Hardcover: 869 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Press HC, The (October 5, 2010)
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 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 more 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.

About Ron Chernow

An honors graduate of Yale and Cambridge, Ron Chernow is one of the most distinguished commentators on politics, business, and finance in America today. The St. Louis Post-Dispatchhas hailed him as “one of the pre-eminent biographers of his generation” and Fortune magazine has dubbed him “America’s best business biographer.” His first book, The House of Morgan, won the National Book Award as the best nonfiction book of 1990 and is considered a modern classic. The Modern Library Board voted it one of the 100 best nonfiction books published in the twentieth century. His second book, The Warburgs, won the prestigious George S. Eccles Prize for the best business book of 1993 and was cited by the American Library Association as one of the year’s ten best works. In reviewing his 1997 collection of essays, The Death of the BankerThe New York Times called Mr. Chernow “as elegant an architect of monumental histories as we’ve seen in decades.” His 1998 biography of John D. Rockefeller, entitled Titan, was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award for biography and remained on The New York Times bestseller list for sixteen weeks. Both the Times and Time magazine voted it one of the ten best books of the year, while The Times of London praised it as “one of the great American biographies.”
Mr. Chernow’s much anticipated biography of Alexander Hamilton was published by The Penguin Press in April 2004 to extraordinary acclaim. The New York Times praised it as “moving and masterly…by far the best biography ever written about the man” while USA Today hailed it as “a must-read. Ron Chernow’s masterpiece.” Excerpted by Business Week and chosen as the main selection of both The Book-of-the-Month Club and the History Book Club, the book spent three months on the New York Times bestseller list and was the first recipient of the George Washington Book Prize for the year’s best book about the founding era. It was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award in biography.
A frequent contributor to The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Chernow is a familiar figure on national radio and television shows and has appeared in numerous documentaries. He lives in Brooklyn, New York and recently served as president of PEN American Center, the country’s pre-eminent organization of authors. In recent years, he has received honorary doctorates from Marymount Manhattan College, Hamilton College, and Long Island University. In October 2010, The Penguin Press will publish Mr. Chernow’s long-awaited biography of George Washington.
My Review:
At a whopping 869 Pages Washington is a comprehensive biography of our first president, George Washington. Reading this book is no small undertaking. It took me a solid 2 months too read it. However when I was finished I was rewarded with what I feel is a true sense of George Washington.
I would love to call this book fabulous but lets face it this is a history book and fabulous is what I reserve for my latest fiction foray. So the only way I could call this book fabulous is if George Washington was crossing the Delaware because he was a blood thirsty vampire looking for new settlers. I would call this book a comprehensive guide to the life and times of Washington. While reading this book the reader senses Chernow left no stone unturned in his quest into Washington's life. 
I would recommend this boo too any history lover, to anyone that has an interest in our Presidents, or to anyone that wants to learn more about the man called George Washington.
'Til We Read Again,


Kerry said...

Oh, I love presidents and biographies. Great review - thanks for sharing!

heathertlc said...

"So the only way I could call this book fabulous is if George Washington was crossing the Delaware because he was a blood thirsty vampire looking for new settlers." You are TOO FUNNY! And hey, you may have just given someone a new book idea ... LOL

But seriously, I'm glad to know that this book is worthwhile reading, worth the 2 months that you spent on it. I'd definitely like to get to know Washington more and it sounds like this book would be the perfect thing.

Man of la Books said...

I'm reading this book now (will finish it tomorrow most likely) and it is fabulous.

Ron Chernow is not only a historian but a master story teller. If this book wasn't a biography I would have thrown it on the wall 500 pages ago thinking "who makes up this stuff".

This book, bar none, is the best Washington biography I've read.



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