The Ascent of George Washington

The Ascent of George Washington

The Hidden Political Genius of An American Icon

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Even compared to his fellow founders, George Washington stands tall. Our first president has long been considered a stoic hero, holding himself above the rough-and-tumble politics of his day. Now historian John Ferling peers behind that image, carefully burnished by Washington himself, to show us a leader who was not only not above politics, but a canny infighter--a master of persuasion, manipulation, and deniability. In the War of Independence, Washington used his skills to steer the Continental Army through crises that would have broken less determined men; he squeezed out rivals and defused dissent. Ending the war as a national hero, Washington "allowed" himself to be pressed into the presidency, guiding the nation with the same brilliantly maintained pose of selfless public interest. Ferling argues that not only was Washington one of America's most adroit politicians--the proof of his genius is that he is no longer thought of as a politician at all.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Press, 2009
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781596914650
Branch Call Number: 973.41092 FERLING
Characteristics: xxiii, 438 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (chiefly col.), maps ; 25 cm


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Corey G Brooks Feb 04, 2015

I imagined that the time that George Washington spent on earth created a change worthy of the funeral service that he received. However controversial, the biography of this former Gen. and Pres. is very useful, because at some time in the future we may have to push ourselves into "primitive states" for [our liberty] (There is suspected violent battle for clean water to come).


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