No - I think this book relates to a small audience
Learning about the politics of the time, we tend to not think about this.
I enjoyed the book, mostly because it was written with the facts of what was going on at the time. Learning about the political struggles, his family and loves was interesting.
Comprehensive, in-depth, revealing
No, it was quite lengthly, and took time to really digest.
Measured and thoughtful without drawing conclusions or making moral judgements. He did a fantastic job of bringing out Washington's true greatness of character, without ignoring the weaknesses, such as his acceptance of slavery while publicly seeming to condemn it. True, not revisionist, history!
This is an extremely well researched and meticulously documented biography.
It delves into the inner psychology quite well also.
However, it could have used a bit more editing for streamlining purposes. Many subjects are touched on repeatedly, especially slavery. So much so that by the end you're wishing the book would just finish. That being said, it was still very interesting at times with the Federalist / Republican split and the progress of the war.
"Sapere Aude" Kant
Mr. Chernow removed Washington from the pedestal history placed him upon, but didn't lessen his character, accomplishments, or appeal. Indeed, I respect and admire Washington more after this examination. A person's deeds are more the laudable when you know the shortcomings they overcame to achieve them.
The Marquis de Lafayette. He really adored Washington and was a man of conviction who tragically suffered for it.
Mr. Brick is a phenomenal storyteller! When he recites Washington's letters, he fully animates and fleshes out the great man to the extent you feel you can see him.
Sheepishly, tears came to my eyes from the recount of Washington's death. Though I certainly knew it was coming, Chernow's description, and the way Brick presented it, was very touching.
Yes. Such a vivid and honest account of Washington.
Making Washington human was great. His human struggles made him come to life and underline his humanity. His general character and personality was brought to life. Washington's moral struggle with slavery and other issues were given in great detail. I appreciate the author's presentation of the details without many personal opinions.
I can't imagine a book about Washington being any better.
This rates up at the top because the history is well organized and goes through his whole life. I'd like ten move volumes. The author did not set out to be exhaustive, but a general overview was possible. I enjoyed the narrator and he did not distract from the story which is important. It was as if he was not there and the words were Washington. Much was left out about his life and times, but the fault is not in the book.
"His Excellency: George Washington" by Joseph J. Ellis, although you will not get a different perspective.
"The Life of George Washington" by Supreme Court Justice John Marshall. Very long, but gives a contemporary opinion of a man who was there.
Brief, clear and basic.
Ron Chernow's account is masterful in every way. He truly achieves his goal of bringing Washington to life. After listening to this powerful biography, I feel I know Washington personally. This is not a hagiography; we are apprised of Washington's weaknesses. At the same time Chernow clearly has a deep admiration and respect for this great and noble man. Because of this work I have come to admire Washington as the indispensable man in the creation of our country. There were many times listening to Chernow's words that I would get choked up or chills would go down my back or I would laugh out loud or cheer. Better than a novel. This book should be required reading of every high school, college, and university student in America before being allowed to graduate. If only now we could have the movie with all of Chernow's beautiful tone infusing it.
Scott Brick's narration is perfect. His voice is strong but pleasant, his cadence spot on, his pronunciations masterful, and his ability to verbally express quotations or the various voices is amazing without being distracting. Perfect all the way around.
[C]ourage is a prerequisite for the practice of all other virtues, otherwise one is virtuous only when virtue has no cost. ~C.S. Lewis
An amazing man, not without his flaws, but who rose to greatness at a time our country needed real greatness to survive its birth. I enjoyed the epic approach to Washington's entire life, from youth through his death, and the ranging coverage of the events and other personalities that shaped the times. I learned so much history that I had missed as a young student, but was presented here in such an interesting, indeed riveting at times, biography. I am generally a fan of historical fiction, and this was far more compelling than most fictional works. Although it is quite long, I grew attached to the story as I listened, and was sorry when it ended. I wish every American child could hear/read this story as part of their US history education. Narration by Scott Brick made it all the better! It was wonderful!
I've read and listened to many biographies of George Washington, his wife, and other characters important to the Revolutionary War period with whom Washington had intimate and political dealings. This was absolutely the best and one of the most spellbinding books I've ever listened to. And the narrator did a superb job. I would recommend it to anyone interested in the man, anyone who loves to learn about the history of our country, and anyone who thinks they know quite a bit about General Washington. I learned a lot!
I don't know. I'm not sure I want to listen again. I knew going in how awful the early years of the American Revolution would be. Do I want to listen again to the story of Valley Forge?
Obvious comparison is the bio of Alexander Hamilton. Same time, allies, etc. Also, very well written, both books.
American politics aren't getting worse....
Good perspective that George Washington, though a demi-god in his own time, made significant mistakes and had severe critics, and enemies.