I loved "Hamilton" so much I went immediately to this, and was not disappointed. Really interesting to see the revolutionary scene in stereo so to speak. Of course some overlap in the stories, but that's a feature. Turns out there are only 3 "founding fathers" we should actually praise Hamilton, Washington, and Franklin. Waiting for Chernow to do Franklin, too.
Washington turns out to be both less great, more great, and much more complex than I ever imagined. You feel also the thrill of the historian finding new documents to discuss, insights into the subject from the mundane and ephemera, such as shopping lists. In short compelling not only for the subject, but also the craft. I'm sorry it's over, want more like this.
Ron Chernow is a fantastic biographer. Having read now, both his biographies on Washington and Hamilton, you will find few biographies that are more in-depth. I read Hamilton and listened to Washington - I prefer the audio. The performance by Scott Brick is great!
Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow and David McCullough's John Adams (Pulitzer Prize winners) are the two best American Revolutionary War biographies I have read.
Each book is brilliant, breathtaking and exhaustively researched.
After having read these books, I felt I 'knew' each of these Founding Fathers as a personal acquaintance, and had a much deeper understanding of the people, ideals and principles that informed the birth of my own country.
An absolutely captivating look into the intimate life of our most stoic, mysterious president. I've always struggled to truly understand Washington, as he is always presented in an almost passionless, humorless way. But Ron Chernow does a masterful job of cracking the veneer of the mythological Demi-God and showing us the man behind the myth.
Great story, very detailed, and balanced in praise and critical analysis. I was largely unaware of the details of Washingtons life before this book and enjoyed the detailed, yet very narrative account.
I have always been fascinated by the father of my country. This book was certainly well-researched. I couldn't believe how much information was in there. I definitely have a different, way different opinion of that Fox.
Scott Brick is a talented narrator, but his performance would have been better if he changed the inflection of his voice to suit the specific emotion at hand.
i drive a truck full of produce,and have tons of time to listen
not just a book of dates & deeds, this book uses large amounts of his personal correspondence to give you a feel for how he thought .just try to find a book telling of his relationship with his family more complete than this
john adams, you get to know them as people
find out why we call him the father of our country