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August 27, 2010

Freebie Friday: Ron Chernow's 'Washington'


Happy Friday, everyone!

I know I promised you a review of "Mockingjay," and it's coming -- I'm just processing all of the plot twists and character points. It ended up being a bit heartbreaking as well as uplifting, and for now all I can say is go read this series!

And speaking of uplifting, let's give away a book! Congratulations, Julie P., you've won "Dexter is Delicious." We hope you enjoy it.

For the next giveaway, we've got "Washington: A Life," by Ron Chernow. The New York Times Book Review has named it "by far the best biography ever written about the man." Chernow's book paints our first president as a human being, instead of a political figure, to bring life to a man that many people know about, but no one seems to know well.

I mean, I believed that wooden teeth thing for years!

So let us know what you're reading, and this biography could be yours!

Posted by Nancy Knight at 12:10 PM | | Comments (11)


I'm re-reading Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris.. Can't wait to read Chernow's treatment of Washington (whether you send it to me or not..) His book on Hamilton is FANTASTIC

I'm currently enjoying The March by E. L. Doctorow.

I'm reading "The Disappearing Spoon and Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements" by Sam Kean.

I'm reading Carl Hiassen's latest, Star Island.

This would be a great gift for my history buff brother-in-law. Please nobody tell him I got it for free, OK?

I am reading That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo, and while it was much more enjoyable when I was actually reading it on Cape Cod, I am still enjoying it now that I have returned to Baltimore.

Got back on a US History tear lately. Been working on Chernow's "Hamilton" (am also wading through his "House of Morgan" goliath). Both books are so richly written, I'm assuming "Washington" will continue the trend.

Just got my new Kindle today so I intend on re-reading the Federalist Papers this weekend to refresh myself. Are you giivng away the physical version of the book or is a digital version available for winners so inclined?

I'm reading Jon Kukla's Mr. Jefferson's Women. Fascinating stuff. Kukla isn't afraid to be quite pointed in his assessment of Jefferson and his perspective on women.

Ron Chernow's bio of Alexander Hamilton was one of the inspirations behind my decision to write my thesis about Hamilton. I would love to win this Washington book.

I'm reading No Place Like Home: A Memoir in 39 Apartments by Brooke Berman.

I'm currently reading 'Watergate' by Frank Emery. We all know the story line but I wanted to dig deeper into our greatest political disaster ever. Chernow is a good biographer. I enjoyed 'Hamilton'. I look forward to reading 'Washington'.

Just finished Richard Hicks Whistleblower, an ARC. I enjoyed it.

Reading Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Hey Sarah, I spent the summer on the Cape, my hometown. Different world, isn't it? And I have that book but haven't read it yet.

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Dave Rosenthal came to The Baltimore Sun as a business reporter in 1987 and now is the Maryland Editor. He reads a wide range of books (but never as many as he'd like), usually alternating between non-fiction and fiction. Some all-time favorites: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole; Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupery; and anything by Calvin Trillin or John McPhee. He belongs to a book club with a Jewish theme.
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