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The Ascent of George Washington: The Hidden Political Genius of an American Icon
By John Ferling. ISBN-13:978-1-59691-465-0. Copyright 2009. Hardcover with 438 pages including bibliography, notes, and index. Additional pages include 16 glossy color pages of portraits and paintings and 7 black and white maps.
Historian John Ferling draws on his unsurpassed knowledge of the Founding Fathers to provide a fresh and provocative new portrait of the greatest of them all, George Washington. 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. Ferling peers behind that image, carefully burnished by Washington himself, to show us a leader who was not only above politics, but also a canny infighter, a master of persuasion, manipulation, and deniability. During the Revolution, Washington used his skills to steer the Continental Army through crises that would have broken less determined men; he squeezed out rival generals and defused dissent from those below him. 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.