The ascent of George Washington : the hidden political genius of an American icon / John Ferling.
- 1st U.S. ed.
- New York : Bloomsbury Press, 2009.
xxiii, 438 p.,  p. of plates : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 25 cm.
- Washington, George, 1732-1799.
Presidents -- United States -- Biography.
Generals -- United States -- Biography.
United States. Army -- Biography.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1783-1809.
- 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.
- Includes bibliographical references (p. -423) and index.
- 1596914653 (alk. paper)
9781596914650 (alk. paper)
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