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Washington: A Life de Ron Chernow
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Washington: A Life (edição: 2010)

de Ron Chernow (Autor)

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In "Washington : a Life" celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation, dashing forever the stereotype of a stolid, unemotional man, and revealing an astute and surprising portrait of a canny political genius who knew how to inspire people.
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Título:Washington: A Life
Autores:Ron Chernow (Autor)
Informação:Penguin Press (2010), 904 pages
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I can't in good faith rate this book because there were some parts of it that I found a bit overwhelming. The parts where Washington was General during the skirmishes and again when politics were being discussed. There were a lot of names being thrown around and I found it hard to keep up. Why couldn't I keep up?

Because I went with the audio-book. I listen to them on my commute and it can be difficult to follow while I'm concentrating on traffic and not getting into an accident! There can be a lot of information being thrown around during the descriptions of the battles and the passing of the many laws. This is not Chernow's fault! It is mine.

However, the parts I was able to follow along with were great and informative. I finished the book with a new found appreciation and respect for Washington. He has always been just a face on the dollar bill for me. I learned that as a person, he was a passionate but quiet man. Sometimes his emotions betrayed him. In public, he kept an austere and rigid demeanor. In private, his journals exhibited a man who very much cared about the state of his country, was obsessed the keeping up with his Mount Vernon estate, and very much loved his wife Martha. He had only a few men he could truly call his 'friend.'

One piece of information that struck me was his constant inner battle with slavery. He owned slaves, about 200 of them. He wrote many times about his troubled conscience when thinking about the morality of human bondage. He constantly went back and forth about why keeping slaves was financially important and was also explicit about the ethics of keeping fellow humans in captivity.

Not long before he passed away, he re-wrote his Will in secret and stated therein that when he died, his slaves were to be freed. The younger ones were to be educated and taught to read and write; the older and sickly were to be cared for, fed and clothed. Washington was a Virginian slaveholder and to say and perform these actions was a HUGE deal. It was unheard of.

I want to revisit Ron Chernow's fantastic autobiography. Reading the book instead of listening should help me with retaining the information and keeping up with names. I find taking notes easier with books than with audiobooks.

It wouldn't be fair to give this a rating without a proper reading and digesting. I shall revisit this one soon.
  ProfessorEX | Apr 15, 2021 |
A badly-needed history of Washington, and the only one I've read that made him seem human.

I was particularly impressed with Chernow's handling of Washington's role as a slaveholder. Most takes on Washington minimize and excuse the president's incredible moral failing by making him 'a man of his time' or selectively editing history to make Washington appear as benign as possible.

Chernow looks at Washington's contradictory and opinions on the issue and the way he evolved during the last decades of his life. He also presents the issue from the points of view of Washington's slaves, dozens of whom escaped. Washington's conversion to abolition clearly comes far too late in life.

That Chernow is able to do this while also clearly showing the heroic sides of Washington's nature and his indispensability in the larger story of America and liberalism is a rare and worthy accomplishment. ( )
  poirotketchup | Mar 18, 2021 |
A complete, excellent history of Washington's life. It does not veer more than necessary into the times, sticking as closely as possible to the subject. While it is impossible to talk about Washington without talking about the historical period, the focus is always on Washington, his words and his relationships with others. I thought this was engaging and well written. It was complimentary and critical, as necessary, without being overly opinionated in either direction. ( )
  Karlstar | Dec 5, 2020 |
I had to resort to audio in the end. Love Chernow, but Washington doesn't have Hamilton's extreme charisma, which I need to get through 800-odd pages, apparently. ( )
  beautifulshell | Aug 27, 2020 |
This must be the longest book I've ever read.

A stunningly in depth chronicle of the first u.s. president which examines every aspect of his life in compiling a full profile of this mythical figure. I feel rather like I could psychoanalyze him frankly, that's how much this book seems to get inside his head. By the end though, I was rather wishing he would just die already; easily a hundred pages could have been excised from this weighty tome without effecting it's quality in the slightest.
  fionaanne | Dec 6, 2019 |
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At 900-odd densely packed pages, “Washington” can be arid at times. But it’s also deeply rewarding as a whole, and it does genuinely amplify and recast our perceptions of Washington’s importance.
 

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In "Washington : a Life" celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation, dashing forever the stereotype of a stolid, unemotional man, and revealing an astute and surprising portrait of a canny political genius who knew how to inspire people.

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