Biographer Ron Chernow says our first president was a passionate man, not the waxwork saint of our schoolbooks.
The great biographer Ron Chernow sees many reasons to respect George Washington.
But Washington, he says, was not the man you may think. Never mind the cherry tree story – no evidence. And the wooden teeth – they were walrus and ivory. Even the calm, triumphant general on horseback was a staged image, he says.
Washington was a great man, and a vital first leader. Yet he lost more battles than he won, and behind the cool facade he was roiled with passion.