[Old Saybrook, Conn.] : Tantor Media, 2009.
The Founding Father who wielded power without ambition
Rise from obscurity. Soldier for Virginia : an introduction to politics ; The burgess : George Washington, Virginia politician
American hero. The crucial first year : Boston, 1775-1776 ; The War in 1776-1777 : in the depths of despair ; The Untouchable : General Washington's great crisis ; Victory and glory
First in the hearts of his countrymen. Washington and the politics of intrigue : to the end of the War ; Soaring to the pinnacle ; President of the United States : the first term, 1789-1792 ; Endless crises : Washington's second term, 1793-1797 ; The sand runs out
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. Now John Ferling peers behind that image, carefully burnished by Washington himself, to show us a leader who was not only not above politics but a canny infighter---a master of persuasion, manipulation, and deniability.