George Washington was a singular, often aloof man who sought out the counsel of a few trusted men to help him share his task of governing the new nation. In Washington's Circle, David and Jeanne Heidler introduce not just the president but the group of extraordinary men who advised him. The familiar names are here, like the often irked and occasionally irksome John Adams, the scheming Alexander Hamilton, and the prodigiously talented James "Jemmy" Madison, but so are the lesser known Edmund Randolph, John Jay, and Gouverneur Morris. Washington's choices of whom to listen to, for better and sometimes worse, were as consequential as the advice his cabinet gave. It is a story of give and take - between Washington and Congress, these men confronted questions, including the limits of executive power, that continue to raise debates today.
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Had the reader been better, and sounded less robotic through the first half of the book, I think it would have been better. The organization of the book was also confusing, it followed neither a person, nor a time line, but seemed to jump around quite a bit, especially in the first half of the book.
The organization of the material should be improved.
It held more information for some people like Tobias Lear than I have seen included in other books regarding the first president.
- PJ Slauta