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George Washington: The American Presidents Series: The 1st President, 1789-1797

George Washington: The American Presidents Series: The 1st President, 1789-1797

(Book #1 in the American Presidents series)


Book Overview: George Washington: The American Presidents Series: The 1st President, 1789-1797

A premier leadership scholar and an eighteenth-century expert define the special contributions and qualifications of our first president: George Washington.

Revolutionary hero, founding president, and first citizen of the young republic, George Washington was the most illustrious public man of his time, a man whose image today is the result of the careful grooming of his public persona to include the themes of character, self-sacrifice, and destiny.

As Washington sought to interpret the Constitution's assignment of powers to the executive branch and to establish precedent for future leaders, he relied on his key advisers and looked to form consensus as the guiding principle of government. His is a legacy of a successful experiment in collective leadership, great initiatives in establishing a strong executive branch, and the formulation of innovative and lasting economic and foreign policies. James MacGregor Burns and Susan Dunn also trace the arc of Washington's increasing dissatisfaction with public life and the seeds of dissent and political parties that, ironically, grew from his insistence on consensus. In this compelling and balanced biography, Burns and Dunn give us a rich portrait of the man behind the carefully crafted mythology.

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PublisherTimes Books
Publication Date2004-01-07
EditionFirst Edition
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Weight lbs
James MacGregor Burns was an esteemed American historian and political scientist renowned for his notable contributions to the study of leadership. Born on August 3, 1918, in Boston, Massachusetts, his extensive academic career, highlighted by a Pulitzer Prize, established him as an influential voice in leadership theory. Burns served as a professor at Williams College for over 40 years, styling himself more as a political psychologist, unraveling the complexities of power dynamics and leadership attributes. He was a prolific author; his magnum opus, "Leadership" (1978), is viewed as a seminal work on the topic. Burns's unique perspective significantly influenced leadership studies, steering it towards the idea of "transformational leadership," a theory he helped originate. His influence extended beyond academia; he was an esteemed historian, weaving compelling narratives on American history and politics. Capping his distinguished career, Burns received the Pulitzer Prize in 1971 for "Roosevelt: The Soldier of Freedom." His writings continue to impact political scientists, historians, and leaders worldwide, reliable testament to his influential legacy.
Susan Dunn is a highly esteemed author and passionate scholar renowned for her gripping narratives and illuminating historical insights. She leverages her profound understanding of the intricacies of history, along with her exceptional storytelling prowess to create books that enlighten and educate her readers. Educated at Harvard University, she has penned numerous acclaimed works which have created a significant impact on both the academic and public spheres. Dunn's opus encompasses a range of topics, from deep dives into international political dynamics to comprehensive explorations of pivotal moments in American history. Her work is characterized by its meticulously researched content, narrative flair, and the way it vividly brings the past to life. Susan's popular titles, including "1940: FDR, Wilkie, Lindbergh, Hitler" and "Jefferson's Second Revolution", underline her breadth and versatility as a writer. Furthermore, Dunn's work as a Professor of Humanities at Williams College highlights her commitment to education and her passion for nurturing intellectual curiosity. She continues to captivate the literary world with her rigorous yet compelling historical narratives and is undeniably one of the most riveting voices in contemporary historical non-fiction.

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