- George Washington and the Making of the Nation's Highest Office
- Narrated by: Robertson Dean
- Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 10-29-13
- Language: English
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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A revealing new look at the birth of American government, "Mr.President" describes George Washington's assumption of office in a time of continual crisis, as riots, rebellion, internecine warfare, and attacks by foreign enemies threatened to destroy the new nation. Drawing on rare documents and letters, Unger shows how Washington combined political cunning, daring, and sheer genius to seize ever-widening powers to solve each crisis.
In a series of brilliant but unconstitutional maneuvers, Washington forced Congress to cede control of the four pillars of executive power: war, finance, foreign affairs, and law enforcement. Then, in the absence of Congress, he sent troops to fight Indian wars, crush tax revolts, and put down threats of secession by three states.
Constantly weighing preservation of the Union against preservation of individual liberties and states' rights, Washington assumedmore power with each crisis. Often only a breath away from reestablishing the tyranny he pledged to destroy in the Revolutionary War, he imposed law andorder across the land while ensuring individual freedom and self-government.
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By Michael on 03-28-17
A political genius
Harlow Giles Unger has written an excellent study into the seven pillars of power that the US President has thanks to George Washington. Although I think his generalship was dubious at best, his political thinking, manoeuvring and strategy especially after the War of Independence is well worth the study. Although they do mention the weight in later years, the arthritis and false teeth I was disappointed no ice-cream was mentioned. Never the less if it wasn't for George, I doubt if the USA would be what it is today.
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