Washington: A Life

Front Cover
Thorndike Press, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 1473 pages
32 Reviews
A New York Times Bestselling Author. A National Book Award-winning Author. With a breadth and depth matched by no other one-volume life of Washington celebrated biographer Ron Chernow s richly nuanced portrait 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.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - Scott_Hercher - LibraryThing

There are so many biographies of George Washington, it is difficult to decide which one to read if you are not a professional historian. They have ranged from the purely hagiographic (and partly ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - gbelik - LibraryThing

What a biography! Chernow attempts to explain Washington's personality and character, as well as tell the story of the remarkable events of his life. He certainly had some quirks, but one ends up overwhelmingly happy that George was there when we needed him. Read full review

Other editions - View all

About the author (2010)

Educated at Yale and Cambridge University in England, Ron Chernow is a biographer who specializes in hard-hitting exposes on historical business figures. Among Chernow's early accomplishments was his unmasking of corruption in Chinatown for New York magazine in 1973. In the book The House of Morgan, winner of the National Book Award in 1990, Chernow outlines the extraordinary path of J.P. Morgan's empire and its influence on the American banking industry. Chernow is also the author of Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, which chronicles the life and times of the richest man in the United States in the early 1900s. Chernow is regular guest on the National Public Radio programs Fresh Air with Terry Gross and All Things Considered.