No Washington = No America. Period. A legend in his own time.
I now understand how he is the Father of our country and probably one of the greatest people to have ever lived. I don't say that lightly either; I have read many biographies on many people and Ron Chernow leads us through Washington's life to demonstrate that without Washington, the Revolutionary war would have collapsed, how the constitutional convention would have floundered, and how he molded the first presidency to create a cohesive union of states. Washington was a good man to his core and was so respected by his peers and loved by the people that he was able to create unity where heated differences of belief existed. His presence enabled the very best from all these competing philosophies to emerge and take root in a young, fragile nation.
Thank you Mr. Chernow for writing this book; I appreciate great writing. Also, Scott Brick is great to listen to as well - good choice on a reader.
Historically fascinating. George Washington kept a daily diary from his teens throughout his life, during an extremely trying time in our country's history. I highly recommend this book for any student of history. I was shocked at how little has changed in our political system since Washington's time. Bipartisan bickering was part and parcel of Congress from the formation of our country. It frankly dashed any hope I had of a 21st century reconciliation of political parties. There is apparently nothing to reconcile. They've always been at odds.
My understanding of the Revolutionary War was greatly enhanced. I now have a better understanding of why Washington lost so many battles and yet was still able to win against the all-powerful British Empire.
A couple of caveats about the book. Washington's own papers and journals are extensively quoted throughout the book, but it's often difficult to tell where quotes begin and end. The most annoying part of the book was the author's use of multisyllabic and archaic terms outside the quoted material. The reader will want to keep a dictionary close at hand because the author wore out a thesaurus during the writing of this book.
This was one of my favorite all-time books. Rich, detailed and unbiased history. You will really get to know George Washington and all those who played a part in this country's early history. From war, through the presidency, to death this is a complete history that is well researched and well performed. A great book & a great listen.
As the author stated, he wanted people to see who Washington really was. He accomplished his task by showing us Washington's flaws and strengths.
I truly learned a lot from this book. However, the most memorable moment for me was Washington's views on slavery. I was taught that Washington was a slave owner, end of story. After listening to this biography, it show GW as more of a reluctant slave owner.
I at least 4 Audiobooks that Scott performs on This book is more of a narration that most books I have heard him on. But Scott is a competent performer that makes the 40 hours of this story more enjoyable
No extreme reactions. However, this book did leave me feeling sad. Not because Washington dies at the end (this is not a spoiler, you've had 213 years to hear about it). Rather, knowing the sacrifices Washington made over a 45 year period and the treatment he received from the other founding fathers. What is worse is that he wanted to enjoy the rest of his days in peace at Mt. Vernon
Gaining deep insight into the life of the Father of our country. With all the background information, it is possible to understand why he made the decisions he made.
The description of Washington's commitment to always do the rihht thing, even when he did not want to do something. This was clear when he changed his plans to visit his mother when he thought she had only a short time to live. Washington had a very strained relationship with his mother.
He kept my interest up throughout the entire book.
No. My reaction was more like "That's is amazing, I think I understand why he did some of the things he did.
A treasure trove of honest and fascinating insights into the man and his times. I loved it. It presents Washington as a real person, complete with faults, misjudgements and human frailties. The Washington we learn to love and admire is so much more intersting and inspiring than the card board cut out history books serve up.
It's insights into the man and his era.
General, president, plantation owner
This book is fascinating, and the narration is excellent. Scott Brick gets himself out of the way and reads with great clarity and a very pleasing voice. Excellent!
One of, if not THE best biography I have read and top among most of the books I have read, fiction or non-fiction.
Chernow has a way of allowing the reader to glimpse the perspective of Washington as he struggled through the various chapters of his life,
All of Scott Brick's performances are masterful. When selecting books, I start with Brick's works and then search for a title.
As the original Founding Father of our country, Washington's life has always been surrounded by myth and legend. Chernow deftly pulls apart the fact from the fiction in a way that makes you feel that you had just spent time with Washington himself, getting his personal views on an amazing time in US history.
Better than expected.
Probably that Washington fellow.
I have to admit I felt tingly when describing some of the heroic exploits of the Revolution, such as the Battle of Trenton.
Historical biographies are often a crapshoot, some being dull but informative, some being interesting but thin on the ground. This may be one of the best I've ever read, or listened, to. I came away frankly amazed by how little I previously knew about the Father of America, and by how the common, apocryphal legends of the man persist in the national consciousness while he essentially spent close to half a century pulling off one amazing, incredible and innovative exploit after another, even in the midst of his failures, and quite a few of them I had barely heard of, if at all. While there was easily detectable bias in that the narrative takes an unabashedly favorable view of the man and his achievements, it still leaves the reader in no doubt that, while Washington is appreciated as being a Founding Father and the leader of the Continental Army, this book makes it quite clear that few, if any, individuals were more personally responsible for the success of the American experiment, and by extension, helping to shape the world as we today know it. It was a success both in writing and in narration and I highly recommend it.
This is one of the best books that I’ve ever read on George Washington and I thought that it was just fantastic! I felt as if I was right there marching through Valley Forge or sitting around Mount Vernon observing history first hand.
A great read and nice history lesson in one!