Info: This is the first of a two part series featuring writer Ron Chernow. This month, The Penguin Press is releasing his latest book, "Washington: A Life." The book is billed as "the first large-scale, single volume, cradle-to-grave narrative of George Washington." In this first part, Chernow talks about Washington's temperament, his marriage, and his friendship with Sally Fairfax. He also discusses Washington's relationships with other founding fathers including John Adams and Alexander Hamilton. In discussing Washington's health, Chernow says that the first president almost died twice in the first two years of his presidency.
Ron Chernow is the author of five other books including biographies of Alexander Hamilton and John D. Rockefeller. In 1990, he won the National Book Award for his first book, "The House of Morgan: An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance."