Washington on Washington
Paul M. Zall
University Press of Kentucky, 2021. 12. 14. - 192페이지
For most Americans, George Washington is more of a legend than a man—a face on our currency or an austere figure standing in a rowboat crossing the icy Delaware River. He was equally revered in his own time. At the helm of a country born of idealism and revolution, Washington reluctantly played the role of demigod that the new nation required—a role reconciling the rhetoric of democracy with the ritual of monarchy.
Washington quickly understood that every decision he made as president would be analyzed, criticized, and emulated. "There is scarcely any part of my conduct which may not hereafter be drawn into precedent," he said. In his own words, Washington describes himself as a poor orator and an uncomfortable leader, a man more at ease in his private gardens than at the center of America's trust and adoration. Plagued by doubts about his education and abilities, Washington developed self-discipline that to others seemed superhuman.
Washington on Washington offers a fresh and human perspective on this enigmatic figure in American history. Drawing on diary entries, journals, letters, and authentic interviews, Paul M. Zall presents the autobiography that Washington never lived to write, revealing new insights into his character, both personal and political.
Finding Fame on the Frontier May 1754December 1758
Planting Rebellion January 1759April 1775
Waging War 17751781
A Farewell to Arms 17811784
Seeking Retirement 17841786
Becoming President 17871789
Creating the Presidency 17891793
Preserving the Presidency 17931797
Finding Peace 4 March 179714 December 1799