I have a great deal of respect for the research that must have gone into this biography that adds to its authenticity. Anyone young or old would find this book fascinating and never boring. Teachers would especially benefit from the knowledge to enlighten the discussions related to this era in history. Accomplishments as well as faults are described of Washington and other historical figures known to Americans. I thoroughly enjoyed the voice of the storyteller in this audible book.
This is one of the better audio books I have listened to so far. It kept my attention even though it may not be as exciting as non-fiction works out there.
This bio will ruin you for others! I thoroughly enjoyed this biography and thought it was set up wonderfully. I learned a lot, and it held my attention throughout.
Quite possibly the finest book I have ever read. The story, the narration, the clarity are all superb. I did not want it to end. For the times we are now in, this book should be a required read in civility. After reading this book, to doubt the providential nature of George Washington's life in American history would be folly. To the author: this country owes you a debt of gratitude for the extraordinary work that undoubtedly went into this magnificent book. My prayer is that someone such as Mark Burnett sees the value of creating a television series based on this extraordinary man we know as the Father of our country.
this is an amazing book. I thought it was going to be too long, but it has to be to get all the information in there. Washington was a great man that did many things, and this is a great book to learn from.
Chernow writes without bias to reveal George Washington as he was, a truly great and flawed general, founder, statesman and president. I can now believe what I know of this great man and appreciate him for what he accomplished.
I really did not like Scott Brick's voice which made everything sound somewhat spooky or ominous. Not everything needs to be so dramatic Scott. For the most part, the story of Washington is interesting though Chernow tends to go on a bit too long. My background with historical biographies isn't terribly extensive and this one places itself in the middle of the pack based on my experience. The author tends to go down the road of how Washington was feeling based on the notes and letters he sent and generally does a good job of this. However, he overwhelmed this reader with talk of feelings and delegitimatizes or disparages some of the other main players during the Declaration's creation and subsequent years of our country's founding. It is hard to hear about Washington, a man that is widely regarded as one of the greatest Presidents, struggling with slavery (as all founders except Adams did) as he has a very pragmatic approach that does not hold up well based on our modern way of thinking about morality and ethics. The author does a fairly good job of explaining the context and background for Washington's choices and certainly doesn't only show only the good side of the man. The author showcases Washington's bravery and decisiveness that leads to his and America's great success, but he also illustrates that Washington has his faults and quirks just like we all do. And that, is the sign of a well crafted biography. All in all, certainly worth reading but I wish it was a bit shorter and read by a different narrator.
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The current mess of an election makes one yearn for a man the stature of this genuine hero who was "first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countryman." A superb, complete, and well read biography of an almost superhuman man.
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After learning, all my life, that George Washington was sort of a god, it's taken me years to learn that he was actually a man. This book keeps that view squarely in sight. There were parts of him that were wonderful and magical, and other parts that were ordinary and sad. Taken all together, he emerges in his full complexity rather than as a saint. It makes him much more real. Good bio.