""mr. President"": George Washington and the Making of the Nation's Highest Office by Harlow Giles Unger

""mr. President"": George Washington and the Making of the Nation's Highest Office

byHarlow Giles Unger

Paperback | February 10, 2015

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In this startling look at the birth of American government, award-winning author Harlow Giles Unger shows how George Washington transformed the presidency from a ceremonial post into the most powerful office on earth. Washington combined political cunning, daring, and sheer genius to seize ever-widening powers and impose law and order on the young nation while ensuring individual freedom for its citizens.

About The Author

An accalimed historian, Harlow Giles Unger is a former Distinguished Visiting Fellow in American History at Mount Vernon and the author of twenty books, including ten biographies of America's Founding Fathers and three other histories of the early republic. He lives in New York.

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Title:""mr. President"": George Washington and the Making of the Nation's Highest OfficeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.75 × 5.75 × 0.75 inPublished:February 10, 2015Publisher:Da Capo PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0306823535

ISBN - 13:9780306823534

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Table of Contents


1: A Mutiny over Bounties
2: A Coup d’État in Philadelphia
3: His Highness, the President
4: “Do You Advise and Consent?”
5: The Shell Game
6: Alive and Wrath
7: Tar and Taxes
8: The French Plot
9: “The President Was Much Inflamed”
10: “Venomous Reptiles on Our Shores”
11: The Madman and the Indians
12: The Final Pillar
13: Farewell from a Friend
14: First in the Hearts of His Countrymen

Appendix: The Pillars of Presidential power and President Washington’s Precedents

Editorial Reviews

“Unger gives our precious American history the backbone it deserves and reveals more of Washington the man than Washington the demigod.”—New York Journal of Books“[A] thoroughly researched and delightfully written book. A real thriller of a tale told with skill and authority.”—Washington Times“[A] fast-paced chronicle of Washington's presidency.”—Publishers Weekly"Truly enlightening insight into the earliest days of the U.S. government.... As eye-opening as it is fascinating."—San Francisco Book ReviewLibrary Journal, 12/20/2013“Written with spirit and some subtlety, this work demonstrates that George Washington's contributions to the character of federal executive powers have been nearly as influential as his military leadership. Recommended to readers in early American and presidential history and U.S. political science.”January Magazine, 12/4/2013“A very good bookIn his typically lucid and conversational style, Unger paints a never-before-seen portrait of Washington as a surprisingly beleaguered leader whose challenges in many ways echo those of the current occupier of the White House.”The Washington Lawyer, January 2014“Unger [is] a leading historian of the revolutionary era.”