March 3, 1949
"New York City, "New York, "U.S.
|Occupation||Writer, journalist, historian, biographer|
|Alma mater||"Yale University
"Pembroke College, Cambridge
|Notable works||"The House of Morgan
"Washington: A Life
"Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.
|Notable awards||"Pulitzer Prize for Biography
"American History Book Prize
"National Book Award for Nonfiction
|Spouse||Valerie S. Chernow (m. 1979; wid. 2006)|
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Ronald "Ron" Chernow (born March 3, 1949) is an American writer, journalist, historian, and biographer. He has written bestselling and award-winning biographies of historical figures from the world of business, finance, and American politics.
Historian "Andrew Cayton said, "Chernow is no ordinary writer. Like his popular biographies of John D. Rockefeller and Alexander Hamilton, his Washington while long, is vivid and well paced. If Chernow's sense of historical context is sometimes superficial, his understanding of psychology is acute and his portraits of individuals memorable."
He won the "2011 "Pulitzer Prize for Biography and the 2011 "American History Book Prize for his book, "Washington: A Life. He is also the recipient of the "National Book Award for Nonfiction for his "1990 book, "The House of Morgan: An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance. His biographies of "Alexander Hamilton and "John D. Rockefeller Sr. were both nominated for "National Book Critics Circle Awards, while The Warburgs: The Twentieth-Century Odyssey of a Remarkable Jewish Family was honored with the "1993 George S. Eccles Prize for Excellence in Economic Writing. As a freelance journalist, he has written over 60 articles in national publications.
Ronald Chernow was born on March 3, 1949, in "Brooklyn, New York. His father Israel was the owner of a discount store and creator of a stock brokerage firm; his mother Ruth was a bookkeeper. Chernow graduated with honors from "Yale College (B.A. summa cum laude, 1970) and "Cambridge University (M.Phil., 1972 with degrees in English literature). He began but did not finish a PhD program. He says that in politics he is a "disgruntled Democrat" and gives his religion as "Jewish, though more in the breach than the observance."
He married Valerie Stearn in 1979; she died in January of 2006. Valerie S. Chernow was an assistant professor of languages and social sciences at the New York City College of Technology.
Chernow began his career as a freelance journalist. He wrote more than 60 articles in national newspapers and magazines from 1973 to 1982. In the mid-1980s, he put his writing pursuits aside when he began serving as the director of financial policy studies with the "Twentieth Century Fund, which is based in "New York City. In 1986, he left the organization and refocused his efforts on writing. In addition to his background writing nonfiction works and biographies, Chernow continues to contribute articles to "The New York Times and "The Wall Street Journal. He has also provided commentary on business, politics, and finance on national radio and television shows, while additionally appearing as an expert in documentary films.
In 1990, Chernow published his first book, The House of Morgan: An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance, which traces the history of four generations of the "J.P. Morgan financial empire. The reviewer for The New York Times Book Review said, "As a portrait of finance, politics and the world of avarice and ambition on Wall Street, the book has the movement and tension of an epic novel. It is, quite simply, a tour de force." The House of Morgan: An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance was honored with the "National Book Award for Nonfiction.
In 1993, Chernow published The Warburgs: The Twentieth-Century Odyssey of a Remarkable Jewish Family, which is an account of the "Warburg family, who immigrated to the US from Germany in 1938. The Warburg family was a prominent "financial dynasty of "German Jewish descent, known for their accomplishments in "physics, "classical music, "art history, "pharmacology, "physiology, "finance, "private equity and "philanthropy. The book was awarded the "Columbia Business School's George S. Eccles Prize for Excellence in Economic Writing. It was additionally named as one of the year's ten best works by the "American Library Association and a Notable Book by The New York Times.
Chernow's "1997 collection of essays, The Death of the Banker, touched upon his earlier writings and chronicled "the decline and fall of the great financial dynasties and the triumph of the small investor".
In "1998, Chernow published Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr., which was selected by "Time Magazine and "The New York Times as one of the year's ten best books. Rockefeller was a prominent figure in American business. He was an "industrialist, "philanthropist, and the founder of the "Standard Oil Company. The book reflected Chernow's continued interest in financial history, especially when shaped by compelling and influential individuals. The book remained on ""The New York Times Best Seller list" for 16 weeks. Time Magazine named the book as "one of the great American biographies".
In "2004, Chernow published Alexander Hamilton. The biography was nominated for a "National Book Critics Circle Award and was named as the winner of the inaugural "George Washington Book Prize for early American history. It remained on "The New York Times Best Seller list" for three months. In his review for the "Journal of American History, Stephen B. Presser, who is a member of the faculty of "Northwestern University wrote:
Chernow's 904-page "Washington: A Life was released on October 5, 2010 ("ISBN "978-1594202667). It won the "Pulitzer Prize for Biography and the "American History Book Prize. Professor "Gordon S. Wood, renowned scholar of the Founding era, wrote:
In 2011, Chernow signed a deal to write a comprehensive biography on "Ulysses S. Grant. Chernow explained his transition from writing about George Washington to Grant: "Makes some sense as progression. Towering general of Revolution to towering general of Civil War. Both two-term presidents, though with very different results."
In 1990, Chernow became a member of the "PEN American Center. In 2006, he was named as the President of the Board of Trustees, succeeding novelist "Salman Rushdie. As of 2012[update], he serves as a member of the executive board of the "Society of American Historians.