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Washington: A Life

Ron Chernow

A nuanced — and bestselling — portrait of the first president of the United States from celebrated biographer Ron Chernow.



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The Bottom Line

A sweeping, 900-page biography of the first American president — from his military exploits to presiding over the Constitutional Convention to his emergence as a mythic figure and founding father of a new nation.

I. Childhood

George Washington was born in 1732, the oldest child of a modest landholding family in Virginia. His father, Augustine, died when George was 11 years old, forcing the young boy to leave school to become the father figure in his family. Mary Ball Washington, his mother, successfully kept their Mount Vernon estate in line, but she was harsh and faultfinding with George and his four younger siblings. The extreme self-control and occasionally explosive temper Washington demonstrated in his adult life may have developed in response to the years he spent trying to mollify his mother.

II. Career

III. Continental Army

IV. First President

V. Enforcement & Oversight

VI. Private Citizenry

The Takeaway

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