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This is a concise and edifying overview of the Washington administration which emphasizes the president's attitude to the structure of the nation's infant government through his votes and comments at the constitutional convention and, of course, the way that he established, or tried to, the workings of the federal government. The authors contrast this view of government, which the also identify with that of Alexander Hamilton, with the Jeffersonian and Madisonian models, and trace their influence through American history. The authors praise Washington's first term and are largely critical of his second, with the departure of so many good minds from the cabinet, a rather foundering foreign policy, and the president's lashing out at dissenters. The book is always well-written and its arguments well-supported. ( )
  Big_Bang_Gorilla | Apr 27, 2016 |
The American Presidents Series. Revolutionary hero, founding president, and first citizen of the young republic, George Washington was the most illustrious public man of his time, a man whose image today is the result of the careful grooming of his public persona to include the themes of character, self-sacrifice, and destiny.

As Washington sought to interpret the Constitution’s assignment of powers to the executive branch and to establish precedent for future leaders, he relied... ( )
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A premier leadership scholar and an eighteenth-century expert define the special contributions and qualifications of our first president

Revolutionary hero, founding president, and first citizen of the young republic, George Washington was the most illustrious public man of his time, a man whose image today is the result of the careful grooming of his public persona to include the themes of character, self-sacrifice, and destiny.

As Washington sought to interpret the Constitution’s assignment of powers to the executive branch and to establish precedent for future leaders, he relied on his key advisers and looked to form consensus as the guiding principle of government. His is a legacy of a successful experiment in collective leadership, great initiatives in establishing a strong executive branch, and the formulation of innovative and lasting economic and foreign policies. James MacGregor Burns and Susan Dunn also trace the arc of Washington’s increasing dissatisfaction with public life and the seeds of dissent and political parties that, ironically, grew from his insistence on consensus. In this compelling and balanced biography, Burns and Dunn give us a rich portrait of the man behind the carefully crafted mythology.

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Examines the contributions of America's first president, tracing his accomplishments as a Revolutionary War hero and explaining how his decisions as president established precedents for the future governing of America.

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