Washington: A Life
- Publish Date: 2011-09-27
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Ron Chernow
A gripping portrait of the first president of the United States from the author ofÂ Alexander Hamilton, the New York Times bestselling biography that inspired the musical.
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.
Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Biography
Ron Chernow's new biography,Â Grant, will be published by Penguin Press in October 2017.Â
âTruly magnificentâ¦ [a] well-researched, well-written and absolutely definitive biographyâÂ âAndrew Roberts,Â The Wall Street Journal
âSuperbâ¦ the best, most comprehensive, and most balanced single-volume biography of Washington ever written.âÂ âGordon S. Wood,Â The New York Review of Books
âA truly gripping biography of George Washington... I canât recommend it highly enoughâas history, as epic, and, not least, as entertainment. Itâs as luxuriantly pleasurable as one of those great big sprawling, sweeping Victorian novels.âÂ Â âHendrik Hertzberg,Â The New Yorker
Lin-Manuel Mirandaâs smash Broadway musicalÂ HamiltonÂ 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.