By Ron Chernow


A gripping portrait of the 1st president of the U.S. from the writer of Alexander Hamilton, the hot York instances bestselling biography that encouraged the musical.

Celebrated biographer Ron Chernow presents a richly nuanced portrait of the daddy of our kingdom and the 1st president of the U.S.. With a breadth and intensity matched by way of no different one quantity biography of George Washington, this crisply paced narrative includes the reader via his adventurous early years, his heroic exploits with the Continental military throughout the progressive conflict, his presiding over the Constitutional conference, and his great functionality as America's first president. during this groundbreaking paintings, in response to tremendous study, Chernow shatters eternally the stereotype of George Washington as a stolid, unemotional determine and brings to vibrant lifestyles a rushing, passionate guy of fiery evaluations and lots of moods.

Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Biography

“Truly excellent… [a] well-researched, well-written and totally definitive biography” –Andrew Roberts, The Wall road Journal

“Superb… the simplest, so much complete, and such a lot balanced single-volume biography of Washington ever written.” –Gordon S. wooden, The big apple evaluate of Books

“A really gripping biography of George Washington... I can’t suggest it hugely enough—as heritage, as epic, and, no longer least, as leisure. It’s as luxuriantly satisfying as a type of nice tremendous sprawling, sweeping Victorian novels.”  –Hendrik Hertzberg, The New Yorker

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s destroy Broadway musical Hamilton has sparked new curiosity within the progressive battle and the Founding Fathers. as well as Alexander Hamilton, the creation additionally gains George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Aaron Burr, Lafayette, and plenty of more.

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20 Washington was once usually astounded by way of the wealthy harvests of fish pulled up in his bulging seines. “The whitefish ran plentifully at my seine touchdown, having catched ab[ou]t three hundred at one haul,” he mentioned in his diary. 21 This quantity paled beside the stupendous herring runs stuck each one spring as they swam to upstream spawning grounds. “They fish for them in April,” stated one Polish customer. “They have stuck as many as a hundred thousand of them with a unmarried draw of the internet. ”22 through 1772 Mount Vernon’s fishery netted virtually 1000000 herring consistent with 12 months. first and foremost the fishing operation provided nutrition for Mount Vernon’s slaves, yet Washington quickly spied the aptitude revenue and started to have the fish salted and packed in barrels for export to the West Indies. To facilitate this exchange, he assembled a small fleet of boats, together with a whaleboat and a schooner. a lot of his yield he offered to Carlyle & Adam in Alexandria, and a unmarried ledger access for might 1771 indicates that he introduced 679,200 herring and 7,760 shad at one shot. regardless of his fishery, Washington felt hampered by way of mindless imperial regulations. for example, the best salt for curing fish got here from Lisbon, yet England’s mercantilist rules compelled him to import inferior salt from Liverpool. He continuously felt tousled in a tangled internet of perverse fiscal rules drawn up through London bureaucrats. As Washington switched from tobacco to different vegetation, the circulate had profound repercussions for his slaves. on account that tobacco was once extra exertions extensive than wheat or corn, its removing ended in a surplus of box arms. For the remainder of his existence, Washington grappled with the predicament of getting too many slaves, whose numbers in simple terms elevated via basic inhabitants development. whilst he more and more expert his slaves to accomplish a large number of expert initiatives, generating a team of artisans educated in diversified crafts. One Scottish customer saw that Washington “has every little thing inside himself—carpenters, bricklayers, brewers, blacksmiths, bakers, and so forth. and so on. —and even has a well-assorted shop for using his relations and servants. ”23 the talents possessed via his enslaved craftsmen have been super extraordinary. in accordance with Washington’s editors, one slave named Isaac “constructed carts, wheels, plows, harrows, rakes, wheelbarrows, and different implements,” whereas one other slave, Tom Davis, used to be a “skilled bricklayer, who additionally harvested grain, painted exteriors, hung wallpaper, minimize grass, and labored at Washington’s fishery. ”24 To educate his slaves, Washington imported indentured servants from Europe, a lot of them former convicts, who worked for a interval of years, and their employment contracts obligated them to educate their exchange to slaves they supervised. So pervasive have been those preparations complete region of Mount Vernon’s slaves certified as expert staff, and Washington farmed them out to different planters for added source of revenue. whereas indentured servants weren’t topic to an identical punishing routine as slaves, they felt their bondage strongly, and plenty of ran away ahead of their time period expired.

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