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In war and in peace, George Washington was not so much the Founding Father as the founding grown-up, the man who brought mature judgment and balance to the sometimes histrionic goings on of more clever but less wise contemporaries. Ron Chernow, a talented biographer with a strong narrative gift, does full justice to the one truly indispensable man in our nation’s history, the first and best of example of that distinctly American commodity, the self-made man.

Aram Bakshian Jr. served as an aide to Presidents Nixon, Ford and Reagan. His writings on politics, history, gastronomy and the arts have been widely published in the United States and Europe and the United Kingdom.