Patriarch: George Washington and the New American Nation

Patriarch: George Washington and the New American Nation

A dramatic portrait of George Washington's presidential years, Patriarch is a gripping story of politics and statecraft. Smith describes Washington's struggle to preside over the bitter feud between Jefferson and Hamilton--two brilliant members of his cabinet--while attempting to distinguish the first presidency....

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Title:Patriarch: George Washington and the New American Nation
Author:Richard Norton Smith
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Genres:History
ISBN:Patriarch: George Washington and the New American Nation
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:448 pages pages

Patriarch: George Washington and the New American Nation Reviews

  • Jeff Aldrich
    Sep 24, 2009
    A well researched and presented book of the tensions between Hamilton and Jefferson and why Washington both allowed the tension and at times encouraged it for the sake of the new nation. It often reads more of an academic tome, particularly towards the end and the final days, but nonet...
  • John Hartwell
    Jun 16, 2008
    Actually, more like 3.5 stars. My biggest beef is the writer's style; it's a bit dry. But, he offers a fairly comprehensive portrait of Washington, giving us a good sense of what it was exactly that set him apart from his contemporaries. A good read. ...
  • Jared
    Aug 08, 2008
    First of many contemparary bios of Washington I have read and or intend to read. a very good start on a really great man. ...
  • Adam Hodge
    Dec 27, 2008
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  • Rich
    Oct 20, 2009
    A fascinating account of the origins of our governmental system. Washington was a far more intelligent and influential character than many critics give him credit for, and there is no denying his influence on the formation of our government. ...
  • Amy
    Mar 22, 2009
    A bit dry, but I love Washington. ...
  • Jonathan
    Nov 21, 2009
    None ...
  • Clayton
    Jun 25, 2009
    i just started reading it today it looks like its gonna be a good book...shows the many stages of his presidency and retirment. ...
  • Jessica
    Aug 11, 2016
    Just all around ok. it tries to be very critical of other people to make its subject seem better by comparison, instead of relying on the subject's actions on his own. ...
  • Steve Hemmeke
    Jul 27, 2009
    Bio of Washington - pretty good ...
  • Brian Black
    Apr 13, 2010
    A little dense for me and hard to find the interesting points of his life. ...
  • Maude
    Apr 30, 2010
    "How the American presidency was formed by this remarkable man and how it rested on the solid rock of his character." ...
  • Chesapeake Bae
    Dec 09, 2012
    Americans expect their president outspoken, pursuing a pointed cause. George Washington was neither. Despite his enlightened views on government, he did not share a popular belief in human decency. Instead Washington believed most people are slave to their wanton self-interest. Richard...
  • Rosemary
    Jul 05, 2011
    Interesting - post Revolution. Thankful to see we begun fighting each other. ...
  • MariMel
    Jan 29, 2012
    I only got about half way through in several months, as it was painfully boring. This is the same author that wrote the Hoover bio that I read last year, which was also tough reading. Although the topic of Washington is interesting, the book seems all over the place, ranging from detai...
  • Barbara Lovejoy
    Jan 24, 2012
    I enjoy reading books about George Washington, but this one was not one of my favorites. I found it somewhat hard to read, but still discovered some new things about Washington. ...
  • Michael Rutkowski
    Mar 24, 2013
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  • Jeremy Perron
    Aug 02, 2011
    Patriarch: George Washington and the New American Nation is a book about George Washington that follows a unique formula. For this book is about President George Washington as opposed to General George Washington. The purpose is to give readers and understanding in early constitutional...
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    Nov 21, 2012
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    Feb 22, 2017
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  • Fred
    Nov 12, 2012
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  • Robert Gourley
    Oct 21, 2012
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  • Steve
    May 06, 2013
    http://bestpresidentialbios.com/2013/... ?Patriarch: George Washington and the New American Nation? was authored by Richard Norton Smith, a historian whose background includes work at six presidential libraries. He is currently Scholar-in-Residence of History and Public Policy a...
  • Eric Talbot
    Jul 11, 2013
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  • Michael A
    Feb 26, 2015
    I'm trying to re-learn my American history via free public library books. Since George is the first person who came to mind, I tried this book out as my first venture. I appreciated the author's even-handed treatment of the subject. He presents Washington's strong points in contrast...
  • Thom Stevenson
    Oct 20, 2014
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  • TAkumi Shida
    Feb 17, 2015
    it was very good book. ...
  • Eric A.
    Mar 22, 2016
    Good thourough look at George Washington's presidency. ...
  • Jay Wright
    Mar 30, 2016
    I liked the book but thought it was poorly footnoted. It great to see national politics has changed little in 200 years. In addition, clearly seen is Washington as the foundation of the nation. ...
  • Jason Altmire
    Jun 04, 2017
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