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Author Unger, Harlow G., 1931-
Title "Mr. President" : George Washington and the making of the nation's highest office / Harlow Giles Unger.
Imprint Boston : Da Capo Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group, 2013.
Edition First Da Capo Press edition.

Author Unger, Harlow G., 1931-
Subject Washington, George, 1732-1799.
Executive power -- United States -- History.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1789-1797.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Description xii, 273 pages ; 24 cm
Edition First Da Capo Press edition.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (p.257-262) and index.
Contents A Mutiny over Bounties -- A Coup d¿Etat in Philadelphia 000 Chapter 3. His Highness, the President -- "Do You Advise and Consent?" -- The Shell Game -- Alive with Wrath -- Tar and Taxes -- The French Plot -- "The President Was Much Inflamed" -- Venomous Reptiles on Our Shores -- The Madman and the Indians -- The Final Pillar -- Farewell from a Friend -- First in the Hearts of His Countrymen.
Summary " 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. "-- Provided by publisher.
ISBN 9780306819612 (hardback)
0306819619 (hardback)
9780306822414 (e-book)
0306822415 (ebk.)
9780306822414 (ebk.)
OCLC # 863221594