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Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow
In researching Washington, Ron Chernow had access to George Washington's personal papers, a collection so voluminous that they're still being studied and categorized. The result in a biography of our first President that is influenced by the subject's own perspective, Chernow follows the arc of Washington's life, often unhappy, even as President, and full of failure. Yet the Washington portrayed here is a resolute men determined to make the necessary sacrifices to lead both the young army and the young country while being underfunded as a commander and the subject of gossip and partisan bickering as President. He was also a contradictory man, fighting for freedom while refusing to free his own slaves. Washington has received positive reviews with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch saying, "Washington: A Life is a sweeping, compelling and convincingly written story, a landmark accomplishment that embellishes Chernow's already distinguished reputation as a biographer."