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Title: Washington: A Life
Author: Ron Chernow
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The celebrated Ron Chernow offers a richly nuanced portrait of the daddy of America. With a breadth and depth matched by no different one-volume life, he carries the reader by way of Washington’s troubled boyhood, his precocious feats within the French and Indian Wars, his creation of Mount Vernon, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention and his magnificent efficiency as America’s first president. Despite the reverence his title evokes Washington stays a waxwork to many readers, worthy however boring, a laconic man of outstanding self-control. But on this groundbreaking work Chernow revises ceaselessly the uninspiring stereotype. He portrays Washington as a strapping, celebrated horseman, elegant dancer and tireless hunter, who guarded his emotional life with intriguing ferocity. Not solely did Washington collect round himself the foremost figures of the age, together with James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson, he orchestrated their actions to assist realise his imaginative and prescient for the brand new federal authorities, outline the separation of powers, and set up the workplace of the presidency. Ron Chernow takes us on a page-turning journey by way of all of the formative occasions of America’s founding. This is a magisterial work from one in every of America’s foremost writers and historians. In Washington: A Life biographer Ron Chernow offers a richly nuanced portrait of the daddy of our nation. With a breadth and depth matched by no different one-volume life, this crisply paced narrative carries readers through his troubled boyhood, his precocious feats within the French and Indian War, his creation of Mt Vernon, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention and his efficiency as the first president. Despite the reverence his title evokes, Washington stays a dull waxwork for a lot of, worthy however boring. A laconic man of granite self-control, he typically arouses extra respect than affection. This work, based mostly on huge analysis, dashes the stereotype of a stolid, unemotional man. A strapping 6′, 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 plenty of moods. Probing his personal life, he explores his fraught relationship along with his crusty mom, his youthful infatuation with the married Sally Fairfax and his typically conflicted emotions towards his adopted youngsters and grandchildren. He additionally offers a portrait of his marriage to Martha and his complicated habits as a slave grasp. At the identical time that is an astute portrait of a canny politician who knew methods to encourage individuals. Not solely did Washington collect round himself the foremost figures of the age, together with Madison, Hamilton, Adams and Jefferson, however he additionally orchestrated their actions to form the brand new federal authorities, outline the separation of powers and set up the workplace of the presidency. This biography takes us on a page-turning journey through the formative occasions of America’s founding. With a dramatic sweep worthy of its topic, it is a magisterial work from a sublime storyteller.
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