Dimensions: 928 pages, 3.77 × 2.57 × 0.73 in
Published: October 5, 2010
Publisher: Penguin Press (HC)
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1594202664
ISBN - 13: 9781594202667
About the Book
From National Book Award-winner Chernow comes a landmark biography of George Washington--a richly nuanced portrait of the father of the nation featuring a breadth and depth unmatched by any other narrative.
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Read "Surprising Facts About George Washington" from Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow Prelude The Portrait Artist 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. Though born in Rhode Island and reared in Newport, Stuart had escaped to the cosmopolitan charms of London during the war and spent eighteen years producing portraits of British and Irish grandees. Overly fond of liquor, prodigal in his spending habits, and with a giant brood of children to support, Stuart had landed in the Marshalsea Prison in Dublin, most likely for debt, just as Washington was being sworn in as first president of the United States in 1789. For the impulsive, unreliable Stuart, who left a trail of incomplete paintings and irate clients in his wake, George Washington emerged as the savior who would rescue him from insistent creditors. "When I can net a sum sufficient to take me to America, I shall be off to my native soil," he confided eagerly to a friend. "There I expect to make a fortune by Washington alone. I calculate upon making a plurality of his portraits… and if I should be fortunate, I will repay my English and Irish creditors." In a self-portrait daubed years earlier, Stuart presented himself as a restless soul, with tousled reddish-brown hair, keen blue eyes, a strongly marked nose, and a pugnacious chin. This harried, disheveled man was scarcely
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Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow
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 the Constitutional Convention,
and his magnificent performance as America''s first
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,
is a magisterial work from one of our most
About the Author
Ron Chernow is the Pulitzer prize-winning
author of five previous books. His first, The House of
Morgan, won the National Book Award. His two most recent
books, Alexander Hamilton and Titan: The Life of John
D. Rockefeller, Sr., were both nominated for the National Book
Critics Circle Award in biography. Washington: A
Life received the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Biography. Chernow
lives in Brooklyn, New York.
“ 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. [Chernow’s] understanding of human nature is extraordinary and that is what makes his biography so powerful.” – Gordon S. Wood, The New York Review of Books “Chernow displays a breadth of knowledge about Washington that is nothing short of phenomenal … never before has Washington been rendered so tangibly in such a smart, tenaciously researched volume as Chernow''s opus… a riveting read ...” – Douglas Brinkley, The Los Angeles Times “Until recently, I’d never believed that there could be such a thing as a truly gripping biography of George Washington …Well, I was wrong. Ron Chernow’s huge (900 pages) Washington: A Life , which I’ve just finished, does all that and more. 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 “[Ron Chernow] has done justice to the solid flesh, the human frailty and the dental miseries of his subject—and also to his immense historical importance… This is a magnificentl