By Harlow Giles Unger. ISBN 978-0-306-81961-2. Copyright 2013. Hardcover with 273 pages including appendix, notes, bibliography and index.
In a new look at the birth of American government, award-winning author Harlow Unger shows how George Washington transformed the presidency from a ceremonial post into the most powerful office on earth. While Congress was paralyzed by political divisions, and the nation faced attack from enemies without and within, Washington took the law into his own hands. With a combination of political cunning and sheer genius, the President seized ever-widening powers to impose law and order and protect individual liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. In the end, Washington raised seven pillars of power that expanded presidential powers to send troops to war, spend public monies, make foreign policy agreements, and issue executive orders that carried the force of law – all without constitutional sanctions or the consent of Congress and the American people.
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