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!
This is a great book that every American should read. It exemplifies why we should be grateful to the Founders of our Republic. Chernow turns George Washington from the one dimensional character of myth into the complex man whose vision and sacrifice helped create a nation. After listening to this book you will understand why George Washington is the father of our country. Scott Bricks narration was perfect, I highly recommend this book.
The narration is flawless...Mr. Brick's voice is how I would imagine Washington's would be.
I passed every history test I ever took, and retained nothing. Now at this stage of life I desire knowing how this great country came to be, and this book gives that information from the perspective of its father.
Washington! Also the dynamic between Alexander Hamilton and George Washington was portrayed magnificently. Mr. Brick gave by far the best audiobook performance I have experienced to date.
I often cried at the impeccable work ethic and moral fortitude that gave birth to the free life I know today. I am infintely grateful to this book's author and the narrator for devoting themselves to producing it.
I no longer feel utterly ignorant about my country's history, and now am enjoying a newborn curiosity about what happened next, after the era of President Washington. I also wish I could learn to speak as eloquently as they all did then...our language has gorgeous roots.
Honest, fair appraisal
Ron Chernow's biography of Hamilton - the two books dovetail nicely, in covering much fo the same territory through different perspectives.
This was a long book but I listened to it intently and through to the end. So much of Washington's history is relevant to our politics today, especially when the supposed wishes and desires of the Founding Fathers are hurled about so casually. With the focus (obviously) on Washington, the book fills in many of the gaps I had in my knowledge of the early days of our country. Chernow does a good job of portraying a very admirable Washington without glossing over his shortcomings and human foibles. He also does a good job of trying to describe the mind-boggling and inexplicable oxymoron of the harsh slave owner who is at the same time against slavery as an institution. All in all a good and worthwhile book.
Cheers to Ron Chernow who fascinated me for a two month listening period and made me understand how great a figure in American history was George Washington. His description of Washington's rise to head the Continental Army and his bravery and loyalty to his rag tag army is spectacular. The description of the Continental Congress as it lurched toward democracy is so well told. The infighting of the colonial politicians is as bad as the current status. When a well known cabinet member refused to go to Washington's funeral you understand what when on. Five Stars all around.
I have found this book a riveting listen during my daily commute over the past few weeks. A lengthy tome, it kept my interest by revealing the President and First Lady as the real people they were, challenged by the finances, the slavery question, and the pivotal roles they played in the creation of country and a new form of government. A must read for anyone seeking to understand the formation of our country and the dynamics of the Revolutionary Era.
Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
Ron Chernow is a respected biographer. He has written biographies of J.P. Morgan, The Warburgs, John D. Rockefeller, Alexander Hamilton, and now ???Washington: A Life???, a 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner for biography.
Chernow provides fascinating glimpses of George Washington, the surveyor, the slave holder, the Virginia Scion, the first President of the United States. Information about America???s great revolution is worth a near 42 hour listen. Like Schiff???s biography of ???Cleopatra???, a reader/listener does learn a great deal about documented facts of a great historical figure. But Washington, like Cleopatra to this reviewer, remains a mystery.