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Washington: A Life

Washington: A Life


Book Overview: Washington: A Life

From the author of Alexander Hamilton, the New York Times bestselling biography that inspired the musical, comes a gripping portrait of the first president of the United States.

Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Biography

"Truly magnificent . . . [a] well-researched, well-written and absolutely definitive biography" --Andrew Roberts, The Wall Street Journal

"Until recently, I'd never believed that there could be such a thing as a truly gripping biography of George Washington . . . Well, I was wrong. I can't recommend it highly enough--as history, as epic, and, not least, as entertainment." --Hendrik Hertzberg, The New Yorker

Celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation and the first president of the United States. With a breadth and depth matched by no other one volume biography of George Washington, this crisply paced narrative carries the reader through his adventurous early years, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and his magnificent performance as America's first president. In this groundbreaking work, based on massive research, Chernow shatters forever the stereotype of George Washington as a stolid, unemotional figure and brings to vivid life a dashing, passionate man of fiery opinions and many moods.

Lin-Manuel Miranda's smash Broadway musical Hamilton has sparked new interest in the Revolutionary War and the Founding Fathers. In addition to Alexander Hamilton, the production also features George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Aaron Burr, Lafayette, and many more.

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Ron Chernow is a renowned American author and biographer acclaimed for his penchant for crafting comprehensive profiles of historical figures and his deep immersion into the American past. His writing, often rooted in exhaustive research, brings history alive, with a particular focus on the lives of the United States' founding fathers and notable American financial figures. Chernow's body of work, including seminal biographies on figures ranging from Alexander Hamilton to John D. Rockefeller, has yielded numerous best-selling books and considerable critical acclaim. His deep commitment to documenting history in an engaging and accessible manner culminated in his receipt of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography in 2011 for "Washington: A Life." However, Chernow's most popular contribution to date is his biography of Alexander Hamilton, the basis for the award-winning Broadway musical, "Hamilton." Born in Brooklyn in 1949, Chernow studied English Literature at Yale University and later earned a degree in Modern European History from Pembroke College at the University of Cambridge. His academic background, adept storytelling ability, and nuanced understanding of complex historical eras have cemented his place as one of the most respected biographers in contemporary American literature.

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