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Washington : a life / Ron Chernow.

By: Chernow, Ron.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2010Description: xxi, 904 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9781594202667; 1594202664.Subject(s): Washington, George, 1732-1799 | Presidents -- United States -- Biography | Generals -- United States -- Biography | United States -- History -- 1783-1815DDC classification: 973.4/1092 | B
Contents:
Prelude: the portrait artist -- PART ONE: The frontiersman. A short-lived family -- Fortune's favorite -- Wilderness mission -- Bloodbath -- Shades of death -- The soul of an army -- A votary to love -- Darling of a grateful country -- PART TWO: The planter. The man of mode -- A certain species of property -- The prodigy -- Providence -- A world of his own -- The Asiatic prince -- A shock of electricity -- PART THREE: The general. The glorious game -- Magnificent bluff -- Land of freedom -- The heights -- All London afloat -- Disaster -- An indecisive mind -- The crossing -- The busy scenes of a camp -- Darkness visible -- Rapping a demigod over the knuckles -- A dreary kind of place -- The long retreat -- Pests of society -- The storm thickens -- The traitor -- Mutiny -- Plundering scoundrels -- The world turned upside down -- Man of moderation -- Closing the drama with applause -- Cincinnatus -- PART FOUR: The statesman. American celebrity -- Gentleman farmer -- Devil's bargain -- The ruins of the past -- A masterly hand -- A house on fire -- Rising sun -- Mounting the seat -- PART FIVE: The president. The place of execution -- Acting the presidency -- The cares of office -- Rays of genius -- The traveling presidency -- The state of the president -- Capital matters -- Southern exposure -- Running into extremes -- A tissue of machinations -- Citizen Genet -- Bring out your dead -- Hercules in the field -- Crowns and coronets -- Mad dog -- The colossus of the people -- The master of farewells -- Exiting the stage -- PART SIX:The legend. Samson and Solomon -- A mind on the stretch -- Freedom -- Homecoming.
Summary: 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.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [859]-867) and index.

Prelude: the portrait artist -- PART ONE: The frontiersman. A short-lived family -- Fortune's favorite -- Wilderness mission -- Bloodbath -- Shades of death -- The soul of an army -- A votary to love -- Darling of a grateful country -- PART TWO: The planter. The man of mode -- A certain species of property -- The prodigy -- Providence -- A world of his own -- The Asiatic prince -- A shock of electricity -- PART THREE: The general. The glorious game -- Magnificent bluff -- Land of freedom -- The heights -- All London afloat -- Disaster -- An indecisive mind -- The crossing -- The busy scenes of a camp -- Darkness visible -- Rapping a demigod over the knuckles -- A dreary kind of place -- The long retreat -- Pests of society -- The storm thickens -- The traitor -- Mutiny -- Plundering scoundrels -- The world turned upside down -- Man of moderation -- Closing the drama with applause -- Cincinnatus -- PART FOUR: The statesman. American celebrity -- Gentleman farmer -- Devil's bargain -- The ruins of the past -- A masterly hand -- A house on fire -- Rising sun -- Mounting the seat -- PART FIVE: The president. The place of execution -- Acting the presidency -- The cares of office -- Rays of genius -- The traveling presidency -- The state of the president -- Capital matters -- Southern exposure -- Running into extremes -- A tissue of machinations -- Citizen Genet -- Bring out your dead -- Hercules in the field -- Crowns and coronets -- Mad dog -- The colossus of the people -- The master of farewells -- Exiting the stage -- PART SIX:The legend. Samson and Solomon -- A mind on the stretch -- Freedom -- Homecoming.

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.

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Library Journal Review

In this cradle-to-grave biography of the Founding Father, notable biographer Chernow (Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller) thoroughly recounts how Washington rose to prominence in the French and Indian War, parlayed that early heroism into international fame as general of the Continental army during the American Revolution, and, as America's first President, unified a young nation and shaped its government-and he offers deeper explorations of, for example, Washington's cold relationship with his mother, his heavy reliance on younger devotees such as Alexander Hamilton and the Marquis de Lafayette, and his contradictory actions regarding slavery. Chernow's Washington is a reluctant celebrity who perpetually tries to retire from national service but refuses to turn his back on an embryonic republican country struggling with its newfound freedom. The narrative relies heavily on Washington's papers, but Chernow also liberally cites other primary sources and previous biographies. While objective for the most part, he occasionally offers well-grounded opinions on Washington's character and political and military actions. VERDICT This broadly and deeply researched work is a major addition to Washington scholarship-every era should have its new study of him-and it should appeal to informed lay readers and undergraduates interested in stepping beyond the typical textbook treatment.-Douglas King, Univ. of South Carolina Lib., Columbia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

This is the best of recent Washington biographies, but it still comes up short of exposing the whole man. Although judiciously weighing in on some foibles, the book continues the hagiographic tradition. Chernow clearly depicts family life, plantation management, and slaves. Less satisfying are Washington's relationships with men of his officer corps, which are very revealing to anyone who cares to investigate this area. There are significant gaps--for example, in analysis of the politics of command, Washington's role in the French and Indian War, and the war of attrition in New Jersey (winter and spring 1777). The author is too apologetic of the few not so brilliant military decisions, such as at the Battle of Monmouth. Chernow is given to rounding off and overgeneralizing his evaluations, of which in-depth research would have afforded more sharp edges. A fertile field pertaining to Washington's great disdain for the common soldier awaits researchers. The real Washington still demands a diligent and objective biographer. Meanwhile, this large volume has enlightening moments and is entertaining. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels, general and academic. H. M. Ward emeritus, University of Richmond

Author notes provided by Syndetics

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. <p> 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. His other work includes The Warburgs, The Death of a Banker, Alexander Hamilton, Washington: A Life, and Grant. <p> Chernow is regular guest on the National Public Radio programs Fresh Air with Terry Gross and All Things Considered. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)

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