Patriarch

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A dramatic portrait of George Washington's presidential years, Patriarch is a gripping story of politics and statecraft. Smith describes Washington's struggle to preside over the bitter feud between Jefferson and Hamilton—two brilliant members of his cabinet—while attempting to distinguish the first presidency.

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Overview

A dramatic portrait of George Washington's presidential years, Patriarch is a gripping story of politics and statecraft. Smith describes Washington's struggle to preside over the bitter feud between Jefferson and Hamilton—two brilliant members of his cabinet—while attempting to distinguish the first presidency.

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George Washington's ascent to the presidency of the new republic was at once a personal triumph and a great gamble with something he held most dear--his reputation. Smith (director, Hoover Library) captures well the bittersweet presidential years, when Washington used the vast capital of his personal prestige to cement the bands of a shaky union. With wonderful use of detail and anecdote, Smith argues that Washington was not the mere figurehead that other historians have portrayed but a canny politician who mastered and controlled his brilliant subordinates, Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson. In a lively and engaging style, the author describes Washington's world in New York, Philadelphia, and Mt. Vernon and the major policy issues of the 1790s, especially the vituperative politics of the era. If Norton is not always careful with detail and his chronology is sometimes confusing, this is, nonetheless, history painted in broad strokes with vivid characterization, sure to attract a general readership. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 10/15/92.-- David B. Mattern, Univ. of Virginia, Charlottesville
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395855126
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 2/1/1997
  • Pages: 446
  • Sales rank: 826,602
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Norton Smith is the author ofThomas E. Dewey and His Times and biographies of George Washington and Herbert Hoover. A distinguished political speechwriter, he has worked especially closely with Bob and Elizabeth Dole, with whom he collaborated on their best-selling memoir Unlimited Partners. The director of the Gerald R. Ford Museum and Library, he lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2008

    Great information into Washington's thoughts!!

    I am sad & proud to tell you this is the first book that I have read as an adult. I was able to sense the mind of Washington as a human dealing with the issues of the day. When I finished I wanted to start over!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2001

    A GOOD LOOK AT A GOOD PATRIARCH

    THIS IS AN INCISIVE AND REVEALING LOOK INTO ONE OF OUR GREAT FOUNDING FATHERS. THIS BOOK IS VERY WELL WRITTEN, PACKED WITH DETAIL AND INTERESTING 'SIDE ISSUES' IN THE MAKING OF THE FIRST PRESIDENT. WE ARE ABLE TO GET A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF WASHINGTON AND HIS VISION FOR AMERICA. THIS A MUST READ FOR ANYONE SERIOUSLY INTERESTED IN AMERICAN HISTORY AND THE BIRTH OF OUR COUNTRY.

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