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

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Hardback 288 Pages / Published: 29/11/2012
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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.

Publisher: INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
ISBN: 9780306819612
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 471 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Publishers Weekly, " 9/16/13
"[A] fast-paced chronicle of Washington's presidency."
"Washington Times," 11/13/13
"[A] thoroughly researched and delightfully written book...Adds a much-needed new dimension to the Washington portrait...A real thriller of a tale that Mr. Unger has told with skill and authority."
New York Journal of Books, 10/29/13
"With "'Mr. President'" Harlow Giles Unger gives our precious American history the backbone it deserves and reveals more of Washington the man than Washington the demigod...Mr. Unger has the ability to not let his scholarship weigh down his story. History can be yawn inducing, but Mr. Unger puts his arm around us as if he is a travel companion telling a story--our story--with the pacing of a solid novel...Mr. Unger has objectively stripped away the mythological haze surrounding one of our most important founding fathers."
San Francisco Book Review/Sacramento Book Review, 11/11/13
""Mr. President" explores both the birth of our nation's government and Washington's continual influence over the role of the president in domestic and foreign affairs, offering some truly enlightening insight into the earliest days of the U.S. government...Washington's political savvy and foresight have never seemed more impressive than they do in Unger's hands...As eye-opening as it is fascinating."
InfoDad.com, 11/14/13
"Unger's book is essentially a tracing of the roots of what we now call the 'imperial presidency, ' which most people believe to be a purely modern phenomenon--attributed by many to Franklin D. Roosevelt, for example. But Unger convincingly argues that this is not so: the seizing and exercise of powers not given to the president by the Constitution dates back all the way to the nation's first chief executive... It is genuinely fascinating to follow Unger's tracing of so many supposedly modern 'presidential excesses' to the nation's first president: this book really does shine a new l
"Publishers Weekly, " 9/16/13
"[A] fast-paced chronicle of Washington's presidency."


"Washington Times," 11/13/13
"[A] thoroughly researched and delightfully written book...Adds a much-needed new dimension to the Washington portrait...A real thriller of a tale that Mr. Unger has told with skill and authority."


New York Journal of Books, 10/29/13
"With "'Mr. President'" Harlow Giles Unger gives our precious American history the backbone it deserves and reveals more of Washington the man than Washington the demigod...Mr. Unger has the ability to not let his scholarship weigh down his story. History can be yawn inducing, but Mr. Unger puts his arm around us as if he is a travel companion telling a story--our story--with the pacing of a solid novel...Mr. Unger has objectively stripped away the mythological haze surrounding one of our most important founding fathers."


San Francisco Book Review/Sacramento Book Review, 11/11/13
""Mr. President" explores both the birth of our nation's government and Washington's continual influence over the role of the president in domestic and foreign affairs, offering some truly enlightening insight into the earliest days of the U.S. government...Washington's political savvy and foresight have never seemed more impressive than they do in Unger's hands...As eye-opening as it is fascinating."


InfoDad.com, 11/14/13
"Unger's book is essentially a tracing of the roots of what we now call the 'imperial presidency, ' which most people believe to be a purely modern phenomenon--attributed by many to Franklin D. Roosevelt, for example. But Unger convincingly argues that this is not so: the seizing and exercise of powers not given to the president by the Constitution dates back all the way to the nation's first chief executive... It is genuinely fascinating to follow Unger's tracing of so many supposedly modern 'presidential excesses' to the nation's first president: this book really does shine a new light on social and political conflicts that continue to this day."


The Heartland Institute (Somewhat Reasonable blog), 11/2/13
"[An] excellent book."


"Roanoke Times," 12/1/13
"Unger leaves the reader with the understanding that the United States has benefited--perhaps even survived--because George Washington set the standard for performance and leadership."


Bookviews blog, December 2013
"We owe Harlow Giles Unger, a prodigious historian, a debt of gratitude for the latest of his more than twenty books...Don't miss out [on] the pleasure and knowledge this book imparts."
"Milwaukee Shepherd-Express," 1/22/14
"A readable essay on Washington's character and temperament, focused on how, after winning the war against Britain, he was determined not to lose the peace."
WomanAroundTown.com, 2/13/14
"If, like me, you love reading American History, then you must be familiar with the work of Harlow Giles Unger...one of our country's leading authorities on our Founding Fathers, as demonstrated in ""Mr. President".""
"Choice," April 2014
"Unger supports his analysis of Washington and the birth of the 'imperial presidency' through the use of a rich collection of primary and secondary sources. Readers interested in George Washington, the Constitution, the presidency, or the tumultuous 1970s will find Unger's book of interest. Recommended."


"Publishers Weekly, " 9/16/13
[A] fast-paced chronicle of Washington s presidency.

"Washington Times," 11/13/13
[A] thoroughly researched and delightfully written bookAdds a much-needed new dimension to the Washington portraitA real thriller of a tale that Mr. Unger has told with skill and authority.

New York Journal of Books, 10/29/13
With "Mr. President " Harlow Giles Unger gives our precious American history the backbone it deserves and reveals more of Washington the man than Washington the demigodMr. Unger has the ability to not let his scholarship weigh down his story. History can be yawn inducing, but Mr. Unger puts his arm around us as if he is a travel companion telling a storyour storywith the pacing of a solid novelMr. Unger has objectively stripped away the mythological haze surrounding one of our most important founding fathers.

San Francisco Book Review/Sacramento Book Review, 11/11/13
"Mr. President" explores both the birth of our nation s government and Washington s continual influence over the role of the president in domestic and foreign affairs, offering some truly enlightening insight into the earliest days of the U.S. governmentWashington s political savvy and foresight have never seemed more impressive than they do in Unger s handsAs eye-opening as it is fascinating.

InfoDad.com, 11/14/13
Unger s book is essentially a tracing of the roots of what we now call the imperial presidency, which most people believe to be a purely modern phenomenonattributed by many to Franklin D. Roosevelt, for example. But Unger convincingly argues that this is not so: the seizing and exercise of powers not given to the president by the Constitution dates back all the way to the nation s first chief executive It is genuinely fascinating to follow Unger s tracing of so many supposedly modern presidential excesses to the nation s first president: this book really does shine a new light on social and political conflicts that continue to this day.

The Heartland Institute (Somewhat Reasonable blog), 11/2/13
[An] excellent book.

"Roanoke Times," 12/1/13
Unger leaves the reader with the understanding that the United States has benefitedperhaps even survivedbecause George Washington set the standard for performance and leadership.

Bookviews blog, December 2013
We owe Harlow Giles Unger, a prodigious historian, a debt of gratitude for the latest of his more than twenty booksDon t miss out [on] the pleasure and knowledge this book imparts.
"Milwaukee Shepherd-Express," 1/22/14
A readable essay on Washington s character and temperament, focused on how, after winning the war against Britain, he was determined not to lose the peace.
WomanAroundTown.com, 2/13/14
If, like me, you love reading American History, then you must be familiar with the work of Harlow Giles Ungerone of our country s leading authorities on our Founding Fathers, as demonstrated in " Mr. President ."
"Choice," April 2014
Unger supports his analysis of Washington and the birth of the imperial presidency through the use of a rich collection of primary and secondary sources. Readers interested in George Washington, the Constitution, the presidency, or the tumultuous 1970s will find Unger s book of interest. Recommended.
"
Publishers Weekly, 9/16/13
[A] fast-paced chronicle of Washington's presidency.

Washington Times, 11/13/13
[A] thoroughly researched and delightfully written bookAdds a much-needed new dimension to the Washington portraitA real thriller of a tale that Mr. Unger has told with skill and authority.

New York Journal of Books, 10/29/13
With Mr. President' Harlow Giles Unger gives our precious American history the backbone it deserves and reveals more of Washington the man than Washington the demigodMr. Unger has the ability to not let his scholarship weigh down his story. History can be yawn inducing, but Mr. Unger puts his arm around us as if he is a travel companion telling a storyour storywith the pacing of a solid novelMr. Unger has objectively stripped away the mythological haze surrounding one of our most important founding fathers.

San Francisco Book Review/Sacramento Book Review, 11/11/13"


Mr. President explores both the birth of our nation's government and Washington's continual influence over the role of the president in domestic and foreign affairs, offering some truly enlightening insight into the earliest days of the U.S. governmentWashington's political savvy and foresight have never seemed more impressive than they do in Unger's handsAs eye-opening as it is fascinating.

InfoDad.com, 11/14/13
Unger's book is essentially a tracing of the roots of what we now call the imperial presidency, ' which most people believe to be a purely modern phenomenonattributed by many to Franklin D. Roosevelt, for example. But Unger convincingly argues that this is not so: the seizing and exercise of powers not given to the president by the Constitution dates back all the way to the nation's first chief executive It is genuinely fascinating to follow Unger's tracing of so many supposedly modern presidential excesses' to the nation's first president: this book really does shine a new light on social and political conflicts that continue to this day.

The Heartland Institute (Somewhat Reasonable blog), 11/2/13
[An] excellent book.

Roanoke Times, 12/1/13"


Publishers Weekly, 9/16/13
"[A] fast-paced chronicle of Washington's presidency."

Washington Times, 11/13/13
"[A] thoroughly researched and delightfully written book...Adds a much-needed new dimension to the Washington portrait...A real thriller of a tale that Mr. Unger has told with skill and authority."

New York Journal of Books, 10/29/13
"With 'Mr. President' Harlow Giles Unger gives our precious American history the backbone it deserves and reveals more of Washington the man than Washington the demigod...Mr. Unger has the ability to not let his scholarship weigh down his story. History can be yawn inducing, but Mr. Unger puts his arm around us as if he is a travel companion telling a story--our story--with the pacing of a solid novel...Mr. Unger has objectively stripped away the mythological haze surrounding one of our most important founding fathers."

San Francisco Book Review/Sacramento Book Review, 11/11/13


"Mr. President explores both the birth of our nation's government and Washington's continual influence over the role of the president in domestic and foreign affairs, offering some truly enlightening insight into the earliest days of the U.S. government...Washington's political savvy and foresight have never seemed more impressive than they do in Unger's hands...As eye-opening as it is fascinating."

InfoDad.com, 11/14/13

"Unger's book is essentially a tracing of the roots of what we now call the 'imperial presidency, ' which most people believe to be a purely modern phenomenon--attributed by many to Franklin D. Roosevelt, for example. But Unger convincingly argues that this is not so: the seizing and exercise of powers not given to the president by the Constitution dates back all the way to the nation's first chief executive... It is genuinely fascinating to follow Unger's tracing of so many supposedly modern 'presidential excesses' to the nation's first president: this book really does shine a new light on social and political conflicts that continue to this day."

The Heartland Institute (Somewhat Reasonable blog), 11/2/13

"[An] excellent book."

Roanoke Times, 12/1/13


Publishers Weekly, 9/16/13

"[A] fast-paced chronicle of Washington's presidency."

Washington Times, 11/13/13

"[A] thoroughly researched and delightfully written book...Adds a much-needed new dimension to the Washington portrait...A real thriller of a tale that Mr. Unger has told with skill and authority."

New York Journal of Books, 10/29/13

"With 'Mr. President' Harlow Giles Unger gives our precious American history the backbone it deserves and reveals more of Washington the man than Washington the demigod...Mr. Unger has the ability to not let his scholarship weigh down his story. History can be yawn inducing, but Mr. Unger puts his arm around us as if he is a travel companion telling a story--our story--with the pacing of a solid novel...Mr. Unger has objectively stripped away the mythological haze surrounding one of our most important founding fathers."

San Francisco Book Review/Sacramento Book Review, 11/11/13

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