"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, 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.
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table_of_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.
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title "Mr. President" : George Washington and the making of the nation's highest office
title_display "Mr. President" : George Washington and the making of the nation's highest office
title_full "Mr. President" : George Washington and the making of the nation's highest office / Harlow Giles Unger, "Mr. President": George Washington and the making of the nation's highest office [electronic resource] / Harlow Giles Unger
title_short "Mr. President" :
title_sort mr president" george washington and the making of the nation's highest office
title_sub George Washington and the making of the nation's highest office
topic Executive power United States History, United States Politics and government 1789-1797, Washington, George, 1732-1799
topic_facet Executive power, History, Politics and government, Washington, George