By Conor Cruise O’Brien. ISBN-13: 978-0-306-81619-2. Copyright 2009. Hardcover with 178 pages including notes and index.
This account of George Washington’s two presidential terms explores the dissention between Washington and Jefferson during the first U.S. presidency. First in Peace reveals Washington’s clear-sighted political wisdom, exposes the dangers of Jefferson’s ideological support of the French Revolution and makes the case that Washington, not Jefferson, was the true democrat. Washington is commended for his clarity of vision in restoring good relations with Britain, his aversion to French political extremism and his preference for order and pragmatism over the flaming rhetoric of the Jeffersonians.