The detailed information about his life that I never knew before.
I've listen to this book twice and may listen a third time. You learn something different about the great Washington each time. His reluctance to be President and to have a second term was compelling. We should have more people in government today.
I wish the author would do a book on every president..
I read mostly nonfiction, history and current events. This is by far the best biography I've ever read. It brings Washington to life, warts and all. He was the greatest American to ever live, if not the greatest man in history. He had flaws, as we all do. In his youth he made some really bad decisions and blunders, e.g., the debacle at Ft. Necessity where he chose a terrible place to make a stand against the French and Indians. His loss of control of his troops may have led to a massacre of French troops that started the French and Indian War, then after being overrun at Ft. Necessity he signed surrender papers that admitted he committed war crimes. All that said, he learned from his mistakes, was charismatic, and when he had the chance to be the "man on horseback" and be a Caesar, he said no. I've always admired him, and after listening to this book (the narration is great too) I love him.
I liked the little anecdotes that Chernow added to show Washington's true nature. I enjoyed that he wrote about the farmer and the slaveholder as well as the general and statesman
I was very amused how Washington would dote on the young ladies every time he went to a social gathering and how he preferred his wife's tea with the ladies over his weekly levees
I listened to this text over the course of several months, listening to a download(about 8hours) at a time. Overall it is very detailed, well documented, and not as opinion laden as I have found many other recent historical texts. The author uses the works of those who were there as much as possible and presents the human, not just the historical saint we have all come to know through lore. Ron presents this human side in such a way that you come to appreciate exactly what he dealt with daily to bring the USA as country into reality.
There are times when I can not read the book ... but can listen.
His struggle with slavery ... between his use of slaves and the right of people to be free.
The struggle between his department heads regarding states right and federal control.
With my Kindle Fire HD, the reading curser did not follow the printed text exactly (many words ahead of the printed text). It is possible I did not have my Kindle set up correctly.
Download this long book, it is well worth the listen. It will entice you to get other books like Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson. I found myself searching for pictures and more information about all of Washington's friends, and loyal servants.
What a fascinating listen (and read.) The subject had much more depth than I gained in history and more complex. Scott Brink's narration was amazing, filling the mind with visual images of the man, his times and the events surrounding his elevation to presidential status. His weaknesses and vanities do not go unmentioned but are included in development of the charactor. I learned much about early politics which do not differ all that much even 200+ years later. It is a long listen but the subject lived long and had many facets reflecting events in his lifetime. Occasionally you get the deja-vu feeling of having heard this before but many events with different casts were in play in the same time periods. This is a keeper.
The main charactor around which everyone else flows is Washington. His relations with the other founding fathers and subsequent reliance during his 2nd term on a "B" team during which the others manouvered around him left me searching for more volumes on our young nation.
This is my first narration by Scott Brick and his presence of future recordings will be a real plus!
Man, Yes. God, no. How early politics and egos do not differ much from present - the difference is in the personality of the players.
I have both the Audio and Kindle Versions. I would not say the audio is better, but it compliments the Kindle print version, and the printed version complements the audio version. As a working professional, I don't have the time to dedicate to doing the amount of reading I would like. Having the audio edition is definitely more convenient because I can listen to the book during my commute. When I could read I did, in particular those areas of the book I liked most I read again on my Kindle. They are great together.
Scott Brick is always great. He is very easy to listen to. His outstanding performance in this book is what lead me to also listen to Ron Chernow's Alexander Hamilton, also read by Scott Brick.
This is a great book. It truly brought George Washington to life. I really felt like I knew the man. Ron Chernow does a fantastic job of characterizing his contant battle to keep his emotions and anger in check (except in rare instances). In particular, I liked Chernow's style of using Washington's writing to tell the story from Washington's perspective. In terms of our Nation's History, this book is a great stepping off point for McCullough's book John Adams.
I wsa very pleased with the book and recommend it highly
Probably his interactions with hamilton and jefferson