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

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...any dissertation on the roots of our freedoms must be fully objective lest it be construed as propaganda or hyperbole. Mr. Unger has objectively stripped away the mythological haze surrounding one of our most important founding fathers.
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Although the framers gave the president little authority, George Washington knew whatever he did would set precedents for generations of future leaders. To ensure their ability to defend the nation, he simply ignored the Constitution when he thought it necessary.

In a revealing new look at the birth of American government, “Mr. President” describes Washington’s presidency in a time of continual crisis, as rebellion and attacks by foreign enemies threatened to destroy this new nation. Constantly weighing preservation of the Union against preservation of individual liberties and states’ rights, Washington assumed more power with each crisis. In a series of brilliant but unconstitutional maneuvers he forced Congress to cede control of the four pillars of executive power: war, finance, foreign affairs, and law enforcement.

Drawing on rare documents and letters, Unger shows how Washington combined political cunning and sheer genius to seize ever-widening powers, impose law and order while ensuring individual freedom, and shape the office of President of the United States.
 

About Harlow Giles Unger

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HARLOW GILES UNGER is a graduate of Yale University and the author of fifteen books, including the award-winning Lafayette, as well as biographies of John Hancock and Noah Webster. A veteran journalist, he was an editor at the New York Herald Tribune Overseas News Service in Paris and a foreign correspondent for the Times and the Sunday Times, London.
 
Published October 29, 2013 by Da Capo Press. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, War. Non-fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Sep 16 2013

...fast-paced chronicle of Washington’s presidency, circumstances soon arose that would allow him to define and shape the executive office.

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NY Journal of Books

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Reviewed by J. W. Nicklaus on Sep 26 2013

...any dissertation on the roots of our freedoms must be fully objective lest it be construed as propaganda or hyperbole. Mr. Unger has objectively stripped away the mythological haze surrounding one of our most important founding fathers.

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Washington Times

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Reviewed by James Srodes on Nov 12 2013

...a real thriller of a tale that Mr. Unger has told with skill and authority. Read this book, then pay a visit to Mount Vernon.

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