University of Mississippi

“George Washington: Life & Leadership”

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Ron Chernow is an award-winning journalist, historian and biographer, best known for writing insightful biographies of historical figures from the realms of American business, finance and politics. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has hailed him as “one of the pre-eminent biographers of his generation,” and Fortune magazine has dubbed him “America’s best business biographer.”

His latest book, Washington: A Life, won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Biography and the 2011 American History Book Prize. In The New York Review of Books, historian Gordon Wood praised it as “the best, most comprehensive, and most balanced single-volume biography of Washington ever written.” Excerpted by Smithsonian magazine, the book spent five weeks on The New York Times’ best-sellers list.