Smith Norton - Patriarch: George Washington and the New American Nation

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  • Patriarch - The Presidency of George Washington

    Jul 4, 2003 by
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    Pros: An interesting view of an interesting historic figure.
    Cons: Not a full biography.

    Summary: Richard Norton Smith's examination of the first presidency of the United States and the great man who invented the office is a solidly written and soundly researched work. Patriarch: George Washington and the New American Nation is not ... read more

  • Our first president in all his glory.

    Jun 22, 2000 by
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    Pros: A must for presidential scholars and buffs, avoids P.C. demonizing.
    Cons: None.

    Summary: Because this book focuses exclusively on Washington's presidency, it avoids the trappings of postmodernist social history and instead gives us a portrait of power. More than a mere dupe of Hamilton, Washington is presented instead as a symbol of dignity; ... read more

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