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

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Although the framers gave the president little authority, Washington knew whatever he did would set precedents for generations of his successors. To ensure their ability to defend the nation, he simply ignored the Constitution when he thought it necessary and reshaped the presidency into what James Madison called a "monarchical presidency." Modern scholars call it the "imp...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by Da Capo Press
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Denise Morse
All the work to write the Constitution, get it ratified, and then what?..... This book tells the story of what comes next. How does a President with very little powers vested in him in the Constitution find a place for himself. It would have been easy for President Washington to sit back and remain a retired figurehead for the country but that wasnt enough, and with his actions, he shaped the future of the American President.

I truly enjoyed this book and learning more about the inner workings o...more
George Washington exercised great influence regarding the shaping and defining of the executive office. The aftermath of the Revolution left our country lacking structure in both political and economic avenues. Washington thus held a prominent role in the creation of The Constitution determining the framework for federal government and its powers, once again Washington found himself in another type of battle.��

Harlow G. Unger writes a nonfictional account of George Washington in a 'to the point,...more
Really, more like 2.5 stars. Lots of interesting details about GW's presidency, but the author's objectivity seemed to lack objectivity. His mentions of Thomas Jefferson make it seem like he was a villain and barely got along with GW and other founding fathers. I guess I took offense to this, as this is not my understanding; the founding fathers seem to have pretty great mutual respect given their shared experiences during the revolution, despite political disagreements. The book also felt a lit...more
Here is a history book that is a part of our history that most people forget about or really don’t know about. It is about George Washington becoming our first President. But it is really more than that. The war was over but four years later there was still problems, the treaty that was signed cannot be forced because there is no representation by us because we are not a nation. We are still just a group of colonies that can be taken advantage of. Groups of men started to get together and to dis...more
Seriously.... Politics never change
Unlike the prior books I have read on President George Washington, this book focuses primarily on the issues of the presidency, rather than on his personal life – almost to the point of ignoring his personal life entirely. While it was nice to focus on the intricacies of the developing role of the presidency, it left something to be desired because it was much more difficult to connect with the person being presented; a little cold and distant if you will.

The development of the presidency was pr...more
An amazing revelation of politics that do not seem so distant from today's existence. For about a dozen years after the Revolutionary War America operated not under the Constitution but the Articles of Confederation which did not define our legitimacy as a nation to world powers at the time. What struck me upon reflection of then and now was that although the quality of life and the progression of industry, science, education, etc. has moved forward and very much improved throughout history, hum...more
Drew Shifley
Good book with the concentration on the development of our current federalist system and the presidency of George Washington. During his administration President Washington not only averted external war but also internal civil war.
A Smith
I implore you to read this book. If you're incapable of reading a whole book, just read the last chapter to see how far we've strayed from the founders original ideas. Hint: we're all wrong and our government is a mess. Long live Washington.
Gregory Roberts
great book about our first president
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