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34 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

The kind of history book I love

"Washington: A Life" by Ron Chernow is an encompassing biography of George Washington. This marvelous book breaks the wooden image of Washington and brings out the character of the man we all learned about with all his charm and personality.

"Washington: A Life" is...
"Washington: A Life" by Ron Chernow is an encompassing biography of George Washington. This marvelous book breaks the wooden image of Washington and brings out the character of the man we all learned about with all his charm and personality.

"Washington: A Life" is divided into six parts, look for my review on my blog for more details as the B&N space is limited.

The Frontiersman:

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This is the kind of history book I love. Mr. Chernow tells of little known anecdotes about George Washington which not only tell of of his character, but even relevant to this day. Some of the stories the author relates are laugh-out funny, the type that no-one can make up, the type that if you read them in a fictional book you'd hiss and throw the book at the wall - yet they are true.

The self criticism of Washington literally leaps out of this book, that is the major difference I found between this biography and "His Excellency" (book review). Washington always internalized new things he learns and is able to change even though it goes against everything he knew to be true. One can see how over a lifetime of slave ownership his views towards this practice have changed from one end to the other.

Ron Chernow is not only a wonderful historian, but also a masterful story teller. In this book Chernow painted George Washington in a relatable, unforgettable realism while keeping the story is vivid, flowing and compelling. Why, it's almost like you're reading fiction instead of a biography.
Then again, I always maintained that no fiction story can be as good as history, otherwise it would almost be laughable.
"Who makes up this stuff", we would cry to the heavens.

Which author in their right mind would invent a character like Mary Ball Washington, George's mother. Poor George couldn't earn a word of praise from his emotionally numb mother, not as a loyal son, general, president or benefactor. Not only that, Mrs. Washington petitioned the Virginia legislature for a pension. and she was rich!
Laughable - if in fiction.

On an off shoot, while the book is about George Washington, I loved how Mr. Chernow peppered the narrative with a few sharp witted quotes from John Adams (review of "John Adams" by David McCullough) - funny today as they were when written.

I have read many history books, several about Washington and I must put this one on the top of the list, the extraordinary quality of the writing and the psychological insights are worth the price of admission by themselves.

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posted by Man_Of_La_Book_Dot_Com on November 5, 2010

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54 out of 142 people found this review helpful.

WAY TOO EXPENSIVE!

Penguin is hawking another e-book for twenty bucks, a dollar less than the hard back. I would encourage e-book readers to not buy Penguin products. If the cost of e-books gets to be essentially the same as hardbacks, I'm tossing my Nook in the garbage.

posted by OldMarine on October 1, 2010

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    Great book. But why does the NOOK book cost more than the paperb

    Great book. But why does the NOOK book cost more than the paperback?

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