Ascent of George Washington The Hidden Political Genius of an American Icon

ISBN-10: 1608190951

ISBN-13: 9781608190959

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Authors: John Ferling

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"A fresh take on a monumental American."Kirkus ReviewsHistorian John Ferling has been called a "national resource," and his latest book again demonstrates his unsurpassed insight into the Founding Fathers, giving us George Washington as we have never seen him before.Our first president has long been viewed as a hero who rose above politics.The Ascent of George Washingtonpeers behind that imageone carefully burnished by Washington himselfto reveal a leader who was not only not above politics, but a master manipulator adept in the arts of persuasion, leverage, and deniability. Washington deftly screened burning ambition behind an image of republican virtuebut that image made him just the leader that an overmatched army and a shaky young nation desperately needed.
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Book details

List price: $20.00
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Publication date: 5/16/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

John Ferling is Professor Emeritus of History at the State University of West Georgia. A leading authority on American Revolutionary history, he has appeared in many documentaries and has written numerous books, including Almost a Miracle: The American Victory in the War for Independence, Adams vs. Jefferson: The Tumultuous Election of 1800, The First of Men: A Life of George Washington, Setting the World Ablaze: Washington, Adams, and Jefferson in the American Revolution, and the award-winning A Leap in the Dark: The Struggle to Create the American Republic.

Preface
Introduction: The Founding Father Who Wielded Power Without Ambition
Rise from Obscurity
Soldier for Virginia: An Introduction to Politics
The Burgess: George Washington, Virginia Politician
American Hero
The Crucial First Year: Boston, 1775-1776
The War in 1776-1777: In the Depths of Despair
The Untouchable: General Washington's Great Crisis
Victory and Glory
First in the Hearts of His Countrymen
Washington and the Politics of Intrigue: To the End of the War
Soaring to the Pinnacle
President of the United States: The First Term, 1789-1792
Endless Crises: Washington's Second Term, 1793-1797
The Sand Runs Out
Reckoning
Select Bibliography
Abbreviations
Notes
Index
Maps
Washington's Virginia and Western Country
Boston and Vicinity
New York and Connecticut
Manhattan Island to Harlem Heights
Washington's Retreat Across New Jersey
New Jersey and Pennsylvania
Siege of Yorktown
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