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

by Harlow Giles Unger

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306823534
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 02/10/2015
Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 848,670
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)

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.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction 1

Prologue 7

Chapter 1 A Mutiny over Bounties 13

Chapter 2 A Coup d'État in Philadelphia 29

Chapter 3 His Highness, the President 65

Chapter 4 "Do You Advise and Consent?" 83

Chapter 5 The Shell Game 107

Chapter 6 Alive with Wrath 121

Chapter 7 Tar and Taxes 133

Chapter 8 The French Plot 149

Chapter 9 "The President Was Much Inflamed" 171

Chapter 10 "Venomous Reptiles on Our Shores" 183

Chapter 11 The Madman and the Indians 199

Chapter 12 The Final Pillar 209

Chapter 13 Farewell from a Friend 219

Chapter 14 First in the Hearts of His Countrymen 225

Appendix: The Pillars of Presidential Power and President Washington's Precedents 235

Notes 241

Bibliography 257

Index 263

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