Review: Washington: A Life, Ron Chernow

Good. Lord. 40ish hours later …

This book was an exhaustive look at George Washington’s life, the American Revolution, and the beginning of the American experiment.

Chernow didn’t shy away from Washington’s complicated and troubling relationship with slavery. He may have had reservations about slavery as a practice, but he didn’t shy away from owning slaves or protecting slave ownership.

Whitewashed American history is a disservice to all. Our founding fathers may have done wonders for the freedom of white men, but their actions toward Native Americans and enslaved Blacks did damage that we continue to struggle with.

I appreciate Chernow’s approach on this and other topics. But, I didn’t need 3 hours on Washington posing for portraits and statues 😴

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