George Washington: The American Presidents Series: The 1st President, 1789-1797 [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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George Washington: The American Presidents Series: The 1st President, 1789-1797

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Overview


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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466860568
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/17/2013
  • Series: American Presidents Series
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 216,925
  • File size: 444 KB

Meet the Author


James MacGregor Burns is the Woodrow Wilson Professor of Political Science Emeritus at Williams College. He is the author of numerous books, including the Pulitzer Prize–winning Roosevelt: The Soldier of Freedom. Susan Dunn is a professor of literature at Williams College and author of many books, including The Three Roosevelts (with Burns). Burns and Dunn live in Williamstown, Massachusettes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2004

    If you read only one book on G. Washington...

    I recently completed my first American History Class from Discovery thru the Civil War. I am 60 years of age. I wanted to read a book on George Washinton, and at B&N I came across this newly published book. It is excellent! If you read only one book on him, I would recommend this volume. It is a slender volume that can be read easily without taking a lifetime to finish reading.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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