February 22, 2011


Chernow, Ron, Washington: A Life (New York: The Penguin Press, 2010) ("This is a magnificently fair, full-scale biography. Its judgments are lapidary. Mr. Chernow concedes that Washington's 'military triumphs had been neither frequent nor epic in scale. He had lost more battles than he had won. ' His achievement was to keep the Continental army in being, and so make victory possible." From the review "First Among Equals: George Washington," The Economist, October 23rd 2010, at 102. Also see Andrew Cayton, "Learning to Be Washington," NYT Book Review, Sunday, 10/3/2010.).