What a cool look at Washington! Like many I'd read all about how he was disinterested in politics. I'd always wondered about it considering the amount of good he achieved. Ferling is excellent as he traces Washington's growth and his reactions to difficult situations in an intelligent and astute way. I was really impressed by how detailed and well researched Ascent is.
The one thing that bugged me was how Ferling kept pushing that Washington was "glory mad" or "served himself". Yes, I get he wasn't completely self sacrificing. You don't have to beat me over the head with it just because you have an unpopular position.