Washington: A Life

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Penguin, Oct 5, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 928 pages

A gripping portrait of the first president of the United States from the author of Alexander Hamilton, the New York Times bestselling biography that inspired the musical.

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.

Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Biography

“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

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash Broadway musical Hamilton has sparked new interest in the Revolutionary War and the Founding Fathers. In addition to Alexander Hamilton, the production also features George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Aaron Burr, Lafayette, and many more.

Ron Chernow's latest biography, Grant, is now available in paperback. 

 

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Exceptional book with brilliant account by Chernow that puts you in the seat of Washington as he pilots the revolution. This is one of my favorites, and I highly recommend it all. It should be mandatory reading in High School and for every immigrant coming to this country before they become a Citizen. 

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He was a good man we will remember in are harts

Contents

Praise for Ron Chernows Washington
CHAPTER TWO Fortunes Favorite
CHAPTER FOUR Bloodbath
CHAPTER SIX The Soul of an Army
CHAPTER EIGHT Darling of a Grateful Country
CHAPTER TEN A Certain Species of Property
CHAPTER THIRTEEN A World of His
CHAPTER FIFTEEN A Shock of Electricity
CHAPTER THIRTYSEVEN Cincinnatus
CHAPTER THIRTYNINE Gentleman Farmer
CHAPTER FORTYONE The Ruins of the Past
CHAPTER FORTYTHREE A House on Fire
CHAPTER FORTYFIVE Mounting the Seat
CHAPTER FORTYSEVEN Acting the Presidency
CHAPTER FORTYNINE Rays of Genius
CHAPTER FIFTYONE The State of the President

CHAPTER SEVENTEEN Magnificent Bluff
CHAPTER NINETEEN The Heights
CHAPTER TWENTYONE Disaster
CHAPTER TWENTYTHREE The Crossing
CHAPTER TWENTYFOUR The Busy Scenes of a Camp
CHAPTER TWENTYSIX Rapping a Demigod over the Knuckles
CHAPTER TWENTYEIGHT The Long Retreat
CHAPTER THIRTY The Storm Thickens
CHAPTER THIRTYTWO Mutiny
CHAPTER THIRTYFOUR The World Turned Upside Down
CHAPTER THIRTYFIVE Man of Moderation
CHAPTER FIFTYTHREE Southern Exposure
CHAPTER FIFTYFIVE A Tissue of Machinations
CHAPTER FIFTYSEVEN Bring Out Your Dead
CHAPTER FIFTYNINE Crowns and Coronets
CHAPTER SIXTYTWO The Master of Farewells
PART SIX The Legend
CHAPTER SIXTYFIVE A Mind on the Stretch
Acknowledgments
BIBLIOGRAPHY
ILLUSTRATIONS
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About the author (2010)

Ron Chernow is the prize-winning author of six books and the recipient of the 2015 National Humanities Medal. His first book, The House of Morgan, won the National Book Award, Washington: A Life won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Biography, and Alexander Hamilton was the inspiration for the Broadway musical. His new biography, Grant, will be published in October 2017. Chernow lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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