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The Ascent of George Washington: The Hidden Political Genius of an American Icon Cover Image
ISBN: 9781596914650
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - May 26th, 2009

Bestselling 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. 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.

In the War of Independence, 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. In short, Washington deftly screened a burning ambition behind his image of republican virtue, but that image, maintained not without cost, made him just the leader the overmatched army, and then the shaky young nation, desperately needed. Ferling argues that not only was Washington one of America's most adroit politicians,the proof of his genius is that he is no longer thought of as a politician at all.

John Ferling is a professor emeritus of history at the State University of West Georgia. A leading authority on American Revolutionary history, he is the author of seven books.

Finding Oz: How L. Frank Baum Discovered the Great American Story Cover Image
ISBN: 9780547055107
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - April 1st, 2009

Mrs. Lincoln: A Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060760403
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Published: HarperTorch - January 6th, 2009

The Last Trials of Clarence Darrow Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061161490
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Published: William Morrow - June 1st, 2009

Flannery: A Life of Flannery O'Connor Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316000666
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - February 1st, 2009

The Woman Who Named God: Abraham's Dilemma and the Birth of Three Faiths Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316114745
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Published: Little Brown and Company - July 1st, 2009

Gilded Youth: Three Lives in France's Belle Époque Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374162306
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 4th, 2009

Caligula: A Biography Cover Image
By Aloys Winterling, Deborah Lucas Schneider (Translator), Glenn W. Most (Translator)
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ISBN: 9780520248953
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Published: University of California Press - December 1st, 2009

Strength in What Remains Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400066216
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Published: Random House - August 25th, 2009

Gabriel García Márquez: A Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307271778
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Published: Knopf - May 5th, 2009

Alger Hiss and the Battle for History Cover Image
ISBN: 9780300121339
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Published: Yale University Press - March 1st, 2009

The Protest Singer: An Intimate Portrait of Pete Seeger Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307269959
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - April 21st, 2009

Zinn for Beginners (For Beginners (For Beginners)) Cover Image
By David Cogswell, Joe Lee (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781934389409
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Published: For Beginners - August 18th, 2009

Byron in Love: A Short Daring Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393070118
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 1st, 2009