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Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow

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I picked up a copy of Ron Chernow's biography of George Washington a few days ago at Chapters at the Kanata Centrum - a hardback copy for 10 bucks! I was attracted to the book not so much by the price as by the author & subject. A few years ago I read Chernow's biography of John D. Rockefeller - Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. - thoroughly engrossing & a great complement to a visit to Kykiut, the Rockefeller estate & mansion in the Hudson River Valley. A dauntingly thick book, greatly redeemed by an easy and descriptive writing style.

Well, so far Washington is living up to my expectations - at 904 pages it is a bit difficult to pick up, but it is even harder to put down. I've read David McCullough's excellent biography of John Adams, so this is my second extended visit to the years surrounding the founding of our great southern neighbour.

One similarity I've noticed between the lives of John D. Rockefeller and George Washington - the most formative influence in their early lives was a strong-willed mother. It must be a coincidence, eh?

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