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Washington: A Life | Ron Chernow
Watch a Video Watch a video Read "Surprising Facts About George Washington" from Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow From Pulitzer-prize winner Ron Chernow, a landmark biography of George Washington. In Washington: A Life celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation. With a breadth and depth matched by no other one-volume life of Washington, this crisply paced narrative carries the reader through his troubled boyhood, his precocious feats in the French and Indian War, his creation of Mount Vernon, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and his magnificent performance as America's first president. Despite the reverence his name inspires, Washington remains a lifeless waxwork for many Americans, worthy but dull. A laconic man of granite self-control, he often arouses more respect than affection. In this groundbreaking work, based on massive research, Chernow dashes forever the stereotype of a stolid, unemotional man. A strapping six feet, Washington was a celebrated horseman, elegant dancer, and tireless hunter, with a fiercely guarded emotional life. Chernow brings to vivid life a dashing, passionate man of fiery opinions and many moods. Probing his private life, he explores his fraught relationship with his crusty mother, his youthful infatuation with the married Sally Fairfax, and his often conflicted feelings toward his adopted children and grandchildren. He also provides a lavishly detailed portrait of his marriage to Martha and his complex behavior as a slave master. At the same time, Washington is an astute and surprising portrait of a canny political genius who knew how to inspire people. Not only did Washington gather around himself the foremost figures of the age, including James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson, but he also brilliantly orchestrated their actions to shape the new federal government, define the separation of powers, and establish the office of the presidency. In this unique biography, Ron Chernow takes us on a page-turning journey through all the formative events of America's founding. With a dramatic sweep worthy of its giant subject, Washington is a magisterial work from one of our most elegant storytellers. From the Hardcover edition.
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Amiable
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Day 20 of #adventrecommends ... forget “Hamilton.” I loved this account of the life of George Washington. I felt like I saw GW as a human being rather than simply as the mythical, heroic Father of Our Country that he is often portrayed. I was fascinated by his difficult relationship with his mother, his fears of dying before the age of 40, his doubts about his own abilities and regrets about his lack of education, and his marriage to Martha.

Crazeedi Definitely putting on my tbr! 1mo
Amiable @Crazeedi I don‘t know if you‘ve read “Alexander Hamilton” but I thought this was better! 1mo
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LauraBeth
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Dear Ron Chernow,

Women are not prey and should never be stalked like game animals by anyone.

Also - to infer that a woman‘s financial status is what makes her some big game trophy (in your misogynistic view) is gross. And dumb.

I‘d actually send this to you but you seem the type who‘d slide into my DMs and start sexting me by mentioning your Pulitzer and then asking to see my ample bosom.

You‘re gross.
LauraBeth

MicheleinPhilly I love you. 2mo
BarbaraBB You‘re the best! ‘By mentioning your Pulitzer‘ 😂. But honestly, what kind of book IS this?? It‘s really gross. 2mo
KathyWheeler 😳 That is awful! I think I have this book; now I‘m not sure I want to read it. 2mo
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kspenmoll OMG you are marvelous!!! Right with you on this! 2mo
ljuliel I get where you‘re coming from, but he IS writing about the mid 1700s. You can‘t expect him to write that George Washington was politically correct. I highly doubt ANY men were back then, unless they were DEAD. 2mo
LauraBeth @ljuliel I can understand reading history through a lens, but these aren‘t Washington‘s words - they are Chernow‘s. He chose to use these words in 2010 - he wasn‘t quoting Washington. 2mo
ljuliel Yea, I get that, but back in those days men, especially men of his class, were always looking to “ marry up” to get a rich lady so they‘d own more land, property, etc. Ladies were sometimes in the category of Possessions. I think if I recall, the author was privy to a lot of private papers, letters, etc. I think he was trying to make the book as factual as possible . I think women had it pretty bad back in those days. Most husbands had 👇🏼 2mo
ljuliel either mistresses, slave women and girls they Took for the Pleasure, and most times the wives knew it. It just wasn‘t a good time to be a female. So I don‘t think the author necessarily has these same beliefs, I think he‘s trying to get into Washington‘s head. I‘ve read maybe 1/4 of this so far , and Washington really didn‘t sound like a very likable guy. I think that‘s how he is written in the book. 2mo
LauraBeth @KathyWheeler I‘d say go ahead and read it bc you‘ll read it from a different perspective than me and that‘s always the amazing thing about stories and books. @ljuliel can bring her perspective, I can bring mine, you can bring yours - and the thoughts that we have about the book may never intersect - or they may. This is what I think is always great about book clubs and buddy reads - everyone can bring their unique point of view to the table. 2mo
LauraBeth @MicheleinPhilly, @BarbaraBB, @kspenmoll I shouldn‘t be reading this along with Ryan Farrow‘s Catch and Kill... 2mo
CoverToCoverGirl I agree with @ljuliel .. women were considered chattel in those times so men actually did “hunt” for wealthy widows or heiresses so they could marry up, I think he is realistically telling it as it was then. 2mo
LauraBeth @CoverToCoverGirl I do understand historical context but this is about Chernow‘s writing. He could have just as easily said something like: “He began to set his sights on marrying into an aristocracy.” in lieu of “...stalking bigger game.” (edited) 2mo
CoverToCoverGirl As you stated above it is so very interesting how each individual can bring their point of view to the table - and it certainly gets people talking - which I love. 2mo
saresmoore Ew. 2mo
BarbaraBB I definitely agree with you, the way he writes has got nothing to do with the context of the 17th century. Chernow is enjoying expressing himself like this, you can feel that in all the choices he makes to describe women. It‘s loathsome. 2mo
sprainedbrain Gross. 2mo
Sace 👏👏👏👏 And I agree there was no call for that phrasing from a modern author. 2mo
ValerieAndBooks Chernow certainly could have worded this better even if he was reflecting Washington ‘s actual attitude. As for the earlier comment he made about low cut gowns showing bosom, it was around the time of history that many women wore low cut gowns. Even Cokie Roberts pointed that out in her works and she‘s a female author. 2mo
LauraBeth @ValerieAndBooks that‘s a valid point about the gowns during that time. 2mo
ValerieAndBooks I read this one (and Hamilton) when they first came out...so am appreciating your perspective. When I pick up Grant (someday 😂) am curious what tone Chernow will bring to it! 2mo
LauraBeth @ValerieAndBooks I should probably cut Chernow some slack since I‘m reading this along with Ryan Farrow‘s Catch And Kill 😹 2mo
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LauraBeth
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I re-wrote this passage for Chernow:

“Reconstructions of Sally‘s life offered by her friends and family through letters, reveal that Sally was well-read, fluent in French and she wished to be thought of by her intellect, character and personality - not by her looks or her boobs.” - LauraBeth

TrishB 😂😂 job for life 2mo
MicheleinPhilly 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 2mo
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Chrissyreadit 🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌 2mo
saresmoore YES 2mo
Lindy 😁 2mo
readordierachel EXCELLENT rewrite 2mo
Balibee146 🙌🙌🙌🙌 2mo
merelybookish Well done! ("ample expanse of bosom" ??) 2mo
youneverarrived 😂😂 2mo
BarbaraBB 👌 Perfect! 2mo
cathipink I wish publishers would start editing for this sort of crap. Never once have I read history and thought, 'But what were her boobs like?' 😒🙄🙄🙄 2mo
Hooked_on_books Excellent! You should be his editor. 2mo
Hooked_on_books And I‘m gonna guess there‘s not a single description of a man including his codpiece or his “ample bulge.” 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly 😂😂😂 2mo
Bookzombie 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
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LauraBeth
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After I read American Royals, I realized that I know nothing about George Washington. So I started reading this 1,000 page bio and now I can‘t stop. I am also now engaging the husband with sentences that begin with: “Did you know that George Washington...” Also - Chernow uses big words and is making me realize the shortcomings and limitations of my own vocabulary. I feel like my Kindle is going to blurt out: “Again? You need the dictionary AGAIN?”

4thhouseontheleft I do the same thing to my hubby when I read this. 😄 2mo
ValerieAndBooks You know an author has done their job making history interesting when you find yourself having to share right when reading! I read this many years ago. He‘s a good biographer!! 2mo
KarenUK Love the kindle dictionary function! 🤓.... also loving those sun-worshippers! 🐶🐱🐱☀️ 2mo
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ljuliel He goes into so much detail. I wonder how long it took him to do all the research for this ? I‘ve started it but a long ways to go. 2mo
Mollyanna I loved this book. Chernow does a fabulous job of brining history to life. I hope you enjoy the remainder. Love the fur babies lazing in the sun 😍 2mo
ChasingOm I was reading a physical book a few days ago and found myself wishing for the dictionary option. 🤣 2mo
saresmoore Kindles are so judgey! 2mo
Bette Sunbeams are the best! ☀️🐶🐱🐱 2mo
MayJasper Good for you. Sounds a good biography 2mo
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LauraBeth
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If only George had been a KarJenner.

MicheleinPhilly This is all sorts of wrong. 3mo
Sace I will refrain from comment as you probably don't want profanity on your feed 😡 3mo
LauraBeth @Sace oh I don‘t care about profanity! 3mo
Sace @LauraBeth 🤣cause seriously WTF with this? 3mo
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alexa_d
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Same, George. Different foreign power, but the rest is 💯 on point.

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Lafayette: Slavery is *super* wrong, Dad.

Washington: I know son, but I don't know how to stop doing it.

Lafayette: Hmmmmm...

Lafayette: *buys a plantation and frees the slaves it came with*

Lafayette: Dad! I figured it out!

Washington: That's nice, son. I'm very proud of you.

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alexa_d
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Cranking up the volume when Baron von Steuben showed up at Valley Forge like he's my jam 🤣 #audiobook #Audible #gayPrussianSanta

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alexa_d
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☑️ Frederick Douglass audiotome

⬜ George Washington audiotome

#audiobook #Audible #Pulitzer (Biography, 2010)

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Ncostell
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Thanks for the #wondrouswednesday tag @kspenmoll !
1️⃣ Middlemarch
2️⃣Pride and Prejudice
3️⃣1762 as per my Goodreads list (I keep adding to it every time I hear of something interesting)!
4️⃣Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
5️⃣I‘ll tag anyone who wants to join in!

Ericalambbrown If you do audiobooks at all, Juliet Stevenson has an unabridged narration of Middlemarch that is absolutely fantastic. I got it through Audible, but your library may have it on Libby. 5mo
Ncostell @Ericalambbrown Thanks for the heads up. I love audio books too and just looked on my library‘s Hoopla app to find that they have this edition with Juliet Stevenson. I will definitely check that out! 5mo
Ericalambbrown @Ncostell I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I thought she did a wonderful job. 5mo
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Eggs Thanks for playing 🌺😍👏🏻 5mo
kspenmoll I read Middlemarch for the first tome about 3 yrs ago. I had not yet discovered audiobooks so I read it on serial reader - I did not see how fat it was that way! My sister had bern trying to get me to read it since college. I loved it! Rewarded myself with a copy of the book when I finished. Would live to hear the audio version! 5mo
Ncostell That is very impressive that you read it on Serial Reader-that must have taken quite some time! I have it on my Kindle but might try reading and listening to it too. I‘m a sucker for anything read with an English accent! @kspenmoll (edited) 5mo
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Ncostell
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After reading Hamilton I knew I wanted to tackle this book too, especially as it won the Pulitzer Prize. Chernow really brought Washington to life, revealing his human qualities, both positive and negative. I really appreciate learning more about him and the fascinating birth of the country now as an adult than I did back in my school days. Now I‘m on an early American history reading kick but may take a break before moving onto John Adams!

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SharonGoforth
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Spending part of my vacation getting my car fixed is made a little more palatable with a muffin, fancy coffee, and a really good book. ☕️📚 #amreading #presidentialbiographyproject

kspenmoll I noticed you are reading Ron Chernow‘s book on Washington. Did you see/hear Chernow‘s speech at the White House Correspondence dinner last night? It was insightful, humorous, wide view of our history, presidents & their relationship with news reporters/papers- reminder that history, news, politics,truth, are essential to us all. My family watched it twice. Not sure if it‘s on the internet, so worth listening to. (edited) 9mo
SharonGoforth @kspenmoll I saw an article about it on the internet, but haven‘t had a chance to watch it yet (family is here from out of town). I‘m hoping to watch it soon! The book is excellent! I also have his biogs on Hamilton and Grant to read! 9mo
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Literatigeek
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Guess who finally finished this brick? I feel like people are going to think the book is bad by how excited I am to be done finishing it- it was actually really good. 900 pages is just a lot haha

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Literatigeek
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It‘s just going to be me and this guy for a long while.

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Amiable
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Wonderful account of the life of George Washington - the full picture, warts and all. You see GW as a human being rather than as the mythical, heroic Father of Our Country as he is often portrayed. I was enthralled by the story of his prickly relationship with his mom, his fears that he would die by 40, his doubts about his abilities (due to his regrets about his lack of education), and his life with Martha.

Day 6: #adventrecommends

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MatchlessMarie
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This book is making me want to add this phrase to my day to day vocabulary. 😆 #MoneyMoneyMoney #ABBAinAugust

QuietlyLaura Is this really a forgotten phrase? I know people who have said this on occasion. 🤔 1y
emilyhaldi I might have to try using it too 😉 1y
mariaku21 I have been known to use this phrase from time to time 🤔 1y
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TrishB Definitely still hear it 😁 1y
MatchlessMarie @QuietlyLaura @emilyhaldi @mariaku21 @TrishB I don‘t think it‘s necessarily a forgotten phrase, just one I mostly hear in books not really in conversation 😸I think it just stands out more since I‘m listening on audio. Like wow that‘s fun to say 🙃 1y
rwmg Then there was the film, wow 20 years ago, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels 1y
Mdargusch Ha! I guess when your old like me ... 1y
Reviewsbylola He just looks so serious. 😅 1y
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Suetara
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Super excited to have picked this up for such a great price today. #kindledeal

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MatchlessMarie
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Let‘s see. Where have I seen this before 🤔🙃
#white #readingresolutions

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ReviewsMayVary
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This would be a great illustration for several parts of it. I loved the part where Martha had to release a bunch of enslaved because their freedom was delayed until her death and they spoke fondly of her demise. #GirlPlease I was also struck by what was an ability for Washington to be surprised by duh things (eg his enslaved weren‘t motivated by his success. Wow.)

National Portrait Gallery—
“Behind the myth of benevolence,”
by: Titus Kaphar

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MatchlessMarie
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“His wide hips and powerful thighs caused the most trouble.” I feel you, Georgie.

ReadingsByTheC 😅😅😅 Same! 2y
LeahBergen 😂😂 2y
sudi 😂😂😂 2y
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BriKie
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I can only manage one book at a time. So that means that my decision to start this behemoth of a book has slowed my reading life down to almost nothing! I‘m learning a lot but I‘m ready to get back to reading other things soon.

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MatchlessMarie
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If they write a biography about me, please don‘t let them refer to me as a crusty woman. 😱 #LetsGetRidiculous #GetMovin

IheartYA 😂😂😂 That does not sound appealing. 2y
vkois88 Yikes 😮 lol 2y
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emilyhaldi 😆🤣😂 2y
Cinfhen Yikes!! 2y
sudi Who even calls a woman crusty, is she a piece of bread 😂 😂 2y
rwmg @sudi if a woman can be a colonel, i suppose she can be crusty 2y
booksbrewsandbooze Haha, that‘s an interesting way to describe someone! 😂 2y
Lindy Would you be happy with any of crusty‘s synonyms? (irritable, cantankerous, irascible, bad-tempered, ill-tempered, grumpy, grouchy, crotchety, short-tempered, testy, crabby, curmudgeonly, peevish, cross, fractious, pettish, crabbed, prickly, waspish, peppery, cross-grained) 2y
MatchlessMarie @Lindy I‘m kind of partial to cantankerous tbh 😉 2y
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sammisho
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A new milestone! I have listened to 100 audiobooks since I started audiobooks in 2015!

hes7 Fun! 2y
LoverofLit You rock girlfriend! 👏👏👏 2y
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sammisho
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Wow! This was a fascinating read. Chernow packs in so much detail. I feel like I really know who our first president was. Most interesting to me, was his thoughts on slavery. The fact that he was "against" the institution, calking it a threat against liberty, yet remained a major slave holder until his death is astounding to me. How different would our country's history be if Washington had the balls to be more vocal against slavery?

MarriedtoMrT Yup! 2y
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sammisho
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#audiodrinkingmargs That's a thing, right?

Aims42 It is now 👍🏻 Yum!! 2y
Christine Most definitely a thing! And that‘s a beautiful margarita...I will now be making one tonight. 😜 2y
Bookcation74 Awesome thing!! 2y
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sammisho @Christine Do you have a good recipe? I just get the pre-mixed stuff! 2y
Mdargusch Works for me! 2y
Christine I usually use Ina Garten/Barefoot Contessa‘s recipe because we have lemon and lime trees in our backyard and always have more fruit than we can handle! But pre-mixed works too!! 😋 https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/real-margaritas-recipe-1940934 2y
CouronneDhiver Heck ya! Happy Friday 2y
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sammisho
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Went for an #audiowalk with my main man.

This book has me saying " Wow, our country was built on such powerful and noble ideals".
And then saying "That same racist/political/chauvinistic/injustice bullshit is still happening today" seconds later.

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sammisho
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19 1/2 hours to finish in 13 days... I'll be cutting it close but as long as I have no human interaction outside of work, I should be able to get it done!

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sammisho
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Me: I am starting a biography on Washington, so get ready for all kinds of fun tidbits.

Husband: can't wait...

Me: Is that sarcasm?

callielafleur My husband says those kind of books give me a case of the "didjaknows". ??? 2y
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Shaunesay
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#riotgrams day 2, current read. 41 hours! Halp! J/K I'm looking forward to it. :)

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4thhouseontheleft
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I‘m done!! I finally finished this tome, and it was definitely worth the lengthy read. I have very limited knowledge of presidents outside my lifetime, and I thought it fitting to start at the beginning. Ron Chernow has written a highly readable and interesting portrait of America‘s first President.

He did go easy on Washington in regards to slavery & his occasional choice of adjectives for the women in GW‘s life left something to be desired.

LeahBergen You deserve that bottle of wine now! 😆 2y
Mollyanna Very well put about the women in Washington's life. I thought this was a great biography, but agree with you about Chernow being nice about certain things. 2y
mabell I love this photo! 😍 2y
Cottonluv Do you plan to continue through all presidents? That's my plan now and I'm trying to decide which book to choose for Washington. 2y
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4thhouseontheleft
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Ten seconds after I took this pic, my husband took some salmon out of the fridge. And off she ran! 😹😹 🐠

#catsoflitsy

AmyG Hahaha...my cat runs to the kitchen when someone goes in there, too. Praying for treats. 😸 Your cat is so pretty. (edited) 2y
MaleficentBookDragon That is the cutest face I have ever seen. 2y
MinDea What a cute face! 2y
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TricksyTails Aww 😽 2y
rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 2y
CoverToCoverGirl Cats are fickle like that! I have three of them! 😳🤣😂😂 2y
Bookzombie 💕🐱 2y
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4thhouseontheleft
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After Washington crossed the Delaware and the Battle of Trenton (hello, high school history class!), he asked his ragtag soldiers to stay on an extra six weeks after their enlistment period ended.

For one New England regiment, all 200 grudgingly agreed to stay on...and half of them perished by the end of the extra six weeks. Wow. 😲😰

Mdargusch Very sad. 2y
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“We have abundant reason to rejoice that, in this land, the light of truth and reason has triumphed over the power of bigotry and superstition.” ~ President Washington

America‘s Founding Father must be rolling over in his grave this year. ☹️

DGRachel Right? Devastating. 2y
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4thhouseontheleft
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I‘m reacquainting myself with this beast again! I put it down last week because there was too much going on to concentrate appropriately. I think I‘m finally ready to dive in!

#booksandtea

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4thhouseontheleft
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Little did I know that the author of Robinson Crusoe also penned a nonfiction work titled “Conjugal Lewdness: or matrimonial whoredom”. 😳 #currentlyreading

alisahar Matrimonial whoredom is SUCH great title- haha. 2y
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4thhouseontheleft
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Just me and you today, George! After reading only 20 pages in 3 days, I am setting aside Friday for a date with this Founding Father.

Other than a 75 minute yoga class, I have a clear schedule. First time in weeks!

Starting on page: 19. #currentlyreading

TrishB Enjoy 👍 2y
alanacristin Are you taking notes?? I feel like i should be while listening to Alexander Hamilton... 2y
4thhouseontheleft @TrishB Thanks! @alanacristin Minimal notes, less than I normally would for a book of this size. 2y
alanacristin Impressive! with non-fiction these days, i later remember just enough to realize I'm not remembering well 😂 2y
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I was starting to enjoy this book until I got to the above paragraph. Definitely written by a guy. 😒

Crusty woman, anxious personality, plain, enough already with the demeaning adjectives for GW‘s mother, who sounds like she was in fact a strong, assertive, and capable woman.

ETA: the stubborn streak remark is irksome, too.

I hope this doesn‘t become a pattern, Mr. Chernow! Not sure I can take 900 pages of trash-talking about colonial women.

Natasha.C.Barnes 🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄 2y
cocomass This has been on my TBR for a long time so I‘ll be interested to see if it‘s a pattern. I didn‘t pick up on that in the Hamilton biography when I read it last year, but this would get on my nerves 😖 2y
4thhouseontheleft @cocomass It is a great book aside from this problematic description. Maybe Chernow just did not like Washington‘s mother, because so far, it only seems to be when she is described. But, she is also the only female so far that has received any attention. 2y
QuietlyLaura There are a lot of assumptions in that paragraph! (edited) 2y
readordierachel That would get old really fast. 2y
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4thhouseontheleft
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I will likely be spending much of the next two months with these tomes!

Which means....the tickets to Hamilton on Broadway I snagged almost a year ago are coming up soon! January 3...woohoo!! ❤️💙❤️💙 #Hamilton

Aloisi_tribe Where did you get the Hamilton bookmarks? Those are amazing. 2y
rubyslippersreads I loved the musical! These books are both on my TBR list. 😊 2y
Ashley_Nicoletto I own the Hamilton book, but I am honestly scared to read it. 😂😂 2y
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Eyelit How exciting! 2y
TricksyTails 😍 Your bookmarks! 2y
MarriedtoMrT Just bought Chernow‘s Grant for the hubby. I think it weighed more than the three other books I bought combined! 2y
Cheshirecat913 I have been listening to the Hamilton soundtrack nonstop. 😉 I want to read the biographies as well. Enjoy! 2y
4thhouseontheleft @Aloisi_tribe I bought them from HappyHelloCo! 2y
4thhouseontheleft @Ashley_Nicoletto They are a little intimidating! 2y
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InLibrisVeritas
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Started this today while at work, it's a surprisingly engrossing listen.

Also I know everyone puts Washington in Gryffindor, but these chapters about his early years really show some of that Slytherin thirst for more. And yes, I do sort pretty much everyone I read about. Except those that are total muggles.

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Washington: A Life | Ron Chernow
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Library haul! What on earth was I thinking? I went to pick up Chernow's book and ended up grabbing another biography on Washington and one on Adams. These things are massive. 😳

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InLibrisVeritas
Washington: A Life | Ron Chernow
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Listening to the first episode of the Presidential podcast! I'm thinking of starting a personal goal to read at least one biography for each President. I've got Washington's biography on hold, and I figured I'd get some more insight before it comes in.

DivineDiana I was thinking the same thing, but reading about the First Ladies! 2y
InLibrisVeritas @DivineDiana I played with that idea as well. But I know so little about some of the presidents themselves that I'm not sure I'll have all the context I need. I still might but only for select First Ladies. Like the founding ladies and a few of the modern ones. 2y
DivineDiana 👍🏻 2y
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JHgotham
Washington: A Life | Ron Chernow
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Maybe I‘m sensitive but page 7..can tell random white dude wrote this. One of many quotes like this

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JHgotham
Washington: A Life | Ron Chernow
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This is a huge book but I‘m gonna try-I wanna try to read a book for each president. Well maybe. I think at least Andrew Jackson and the current one I might not be able to stomach 🤢

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DGRachel
Washington: A Life | Ron Chernow
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#bookpairings Ron Chernow's biographies of #foundingfathers are meant for each other. 😉 These tomes also cover the times when these two were #youngamericans.

#fallintobooks #septembowie

Cinfhen ❤️💙❤️ 2y
jessberk13 I recently finished the Hamilton bio, I need to get into the Washington one! 2y
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GregoryCass
Washington: A Life | Ron Chernow
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Afraid I may have bitten off more than I can Chernow #chernow #history #ambition

LeahBergen 😂😂 2y
Louise 😂🤣😂🤣 2y
cathysaid *snort* 2y
DGRachel Grant is out?? How did I miss that? 2y
GregoryCass Nope! It's an ARC 2y
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BBooks
Washington: A Life | Ron Chernow

Had to bail due to storage issues on my phone but I will come back to this one

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Aswenson
Washington: A Life | Ron Chernow
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"Washington loathed religious fanaticism."
I'm enjoying this part. Washington was not outwardly religious, and disliked overzealous Evangelicals. He would attend religious services of all faiths when he was traveling to learn about them. He also wrote that he would hire someone of any faith, Christian, Muslim, Jew, or Atheist to work on a project for him.
He's FAR from perfect, but this merits some respect.

4thhouseontheleft I'm reading this one and Hamilton in the fall! 3y
Aswenson @4thhouseontheleft The Hamilton bio is on my list as well! 3y
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