The Return of George Washington: Uniting the States, 1783-1789

Paperback | July 28, 2015

byEdward Larson

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"An elegantly written account of leadership at the most pivotal moment in American history" (Philadelphia Inquirer): Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Edward J. Larson reveals how George Washington saved the United States by coming out of retirement to lead the Constitutional Convention and serve as our first president.

After leading the Continental Army to victory in the Revolutionary War, George Washington shocked the world: he retired. In December 1783, General Washington, the most powerful man in the country, stepped down as Commander in Chief and returned to private life at Mount Vernon. Yet as Washington contentedly grew his estate, the fledgling American experiment floundered. Under the Articles of Confederation, the weak central government was unable to raise revenue to pay its debts or reach a consensus on national policy. The states bickered and grew apart. When a Constitutional Convention was established to address these problems, its chances of success were slim. Jefferson, Madison, and the other Founding Fathers realized that only one man could unite the fractious states: George Washington. Reluctant, but duty-bound, Washington rode to Philadelphia in the summer of 1787 to preside over the Convention.

Although Washington is often overlooked in most accounts of the period, this masterful new history from Pulitzer Prize-winner Edward J. Larson brilliantly uncovers Washington’s vital role in shaping the Convention—and shows how it was only with Washington’s support and his willingness to serve as President that the states were brought together and ratified the Constitution, thereby saving the country.

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER"An elegantly written account of leadership at the most pivotal moment in American history" (Philadelphia Inquirer): Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Edward J. Larson reveals how George Washington saved the United States by coming out of retirement to lead the Constitutional Convention and serve as our first pr...

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By the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, a brilliant and essential reconsideration of George Washington's "lost years" between the Revolution and presidency that will forever change our understanding of the Founding EraIn this groundbreaking new look at our foremost Founding Father, Edward J. Larson masterfully chronicles how George Wa...

Edward J. Larson is University Professor of history and holds the Hugh & Hazel Darling Chair in Law at Pepperdine University. He received the Pulitzer Prize in History forSummer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate over Science and Religion. His other books includeA Magnificent Catastrophe: The Tumultuous Elec...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.88 inPublished:July 28, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062248685

ISBN - 13:9780062248688

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“Astonishes with continual revelations of a Washington deeply engaged in national affairs and concerned for the floundering United States on the verge of collapse.”