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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (5,478 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ron Chernow Narrator: Edward Herrmann Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A gripping portrait of the first president of the United States from the author of 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

“Truly magnificent… [a] well-researched, well-written and absolutely definitive biography” 
–Andrew Roberts, The Wall Street Journal

“Superb… the best, most comprehensive, and most balanced single-volume biography of Washington ever written.” 
–Gordon S. Wood, The New York Review of Books

“A truly gripping biography of George Washington... I can’t recommend it highly enough—as history, as epic, and, not least, as entertainment. It’s as luxuriantly pleasurable as one of those great big sprawling, sweeping Victorian novels.” 
 –Hendrik Hertzberg, The New Yorker

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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Quotes & Awards

  • Chernow displays a breadth of knowledge about Washington that is nothing short of phenomenal… never before has Washington been rendered so tangibly in such a smart, tenaciously researched volume as Chernow's opus… a riveting read... Douglas Brinkley, The Los Angeles Times
  • 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. Ron Chernow’s huge (900 pages) Washington: A Life, which I’ve just finished, does all that and more. I can’t recommend it highly enough—as history, as epic, and, not least, as entertainment. It’s as luxuriantly pleasurable as one of those great big sprawling, sweeping Victorian novels. Hendrik Hertzberg, The New Yorker
  • [Ron Chernow] has done justice to the solid flesh, the human frailty and the dental miseries of his subject—and also to his immense historical importance… This is a magnificently fair, full-scale biography. The Economist
  • Truly magnificent… [a] well-researched, well-written and absolutely definitive biography Andrew Roberts, The Wall Street Journal
  • Superb… the best, most comprehensive, and most balanced single-volume biography of Washington ever written. [Chernow’s] understanding of human nature is extraordinary and that is what makes his biography so powerful. Gordon S. Wood, The New York Review of Books

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Gail | 2/4/2014

    " I thought it was excellent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jay Perkins | 2/4/2014

    " Very exhaustive, loved every bit of it. Came a way with a good "sense" of Washington's true character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bill Taggart | 1/21/2014

    " This book was very interesting and did a good job proving information about Washington's early life. There was not as much information regarding his general thoughts and philosophy of government as I would have liked. Mostly it seemed like the author mentioned that he supported a strong federal government and was a Federalist, but didn't dive into the details. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mike Latham | 1/12/2014

    " An excellent biography which captures Washington's greatness while still addressing his short-comings. Highly recommend! "

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