Statesman, hero, and Father of the Nation. great virtue, vision, and self sacrifice. All narrated eloquently and write excellently. A pleasure to read.
I am absolutely loving this book. I hope American schools will improve our history lessons taught to our kids. I fell in love with George Washington in my school years but I wish I had studied him deeper before my very short trip back east to see Mount Vernon. He was so much more than I thought. Revealing his human nature doesn't detract from his memory but only makes him more real. I have had to take breaks from the history when confronted with the terribleness of our current Presidential campaign. I only hope to meet my American heroes by the side of the River of Life.
If you're looking for a book about Washington, stop looking, you've found it. It's very clear that the research that went into this book is extensive, going far beyond the personal historical writings of George Washington. It considers historical writings and letters of the time from both the famous and unknown. I really appreciate the objective viewpoint. If a "view" or opinion was made by the author, it was always followed/supported by facts that led the author to the opinion which typically made very good sense. This should be a required read by every American.
After listening to Hamilton I had to listen to Washington. It is a splendid narration and a very well done biography about our first president.
I thought this book was very good at telling all aspects of his life
Washington, The Indispensable Man. It was the first & only book I read about him. I felt Mr. Chernow's book had more details than the pervious book I read.
No, but I did enjoy his reading voice
Gave me a more complete picture of Washington
There were many sides to GW. Some I didn't like at all, not one bit! Other books paint a plain, superficial account of him. In this book, you get much more of his story, and it is intruiging to think that he was so complex. A very good read!
I was very much enthralled from the first sentence by the feeling I had just stepped into Washington's amazing and very human life. Bursting with interesting tidbits, unvarnished reporting of documented facts, quoting numerous writings of our founding fathers and mothers ~ a truly full and enlightening book. At times, I admit, a bit tedious, yet provided a necessary background, without excess detail or apparent exaggeration. Very worthwhile for anyone interested in the birthing of the US and the estimable role George Washington played in it. A book I shall not forget!
While the book is informative and provides a window into Washington's life, the author's admiration borders on extreme. The book amounts to a 10+ hour love letter to the founding father that gets extraordinarily tedious at best. Even the few onerous parts of Washington's life are gushed over as if they were a positive. You can tell the author truly idolizes the former president, but that limits his ability to fairly recount his life. Any perceived slight by Washington is viewed as treacherous and treasonous, while his closest advisers are lifted up onto the near godlike pedestal, The same way he views Washington. The story was great, it just gets very tiring listen to the author constantly gosh about how impressive every day feeds were and all the incredible things Washington did. Despite all of Washington's amazing feats, this book made me like him less.
With relentless attention to every detail available, Washington: A Life paints an epic portrait of the unrivaled father of The United States. As a casual historical hobbyist, this book was consistently revelatory in regards to how I view the man. Unflinching at times and always fascinating. I've come away not only understanding Washington himself better, but the founding of the US and the evolution of American politics as well. I can't recommend it enough.