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3.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 5 3.33 (6 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James MacGregor Burns, Arthur Schlesinger, Susan Dunn Narrator: Richard Rohan Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The American Presidents Series Release Date: January 2004 ISBN: 9781593973834
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Leading scholars define the special contributions and qualifications of our first president
Washington's legacy is 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. Along with highlighting these accomplishments, the authors also trace Washington's later dissatisfaction with public life and the seeds of dissent and political parties that grew from his insistence on consensus. In this compelling and balanced biography, James McGregor Burns and Susan Dunn give us a rich and surprising portrait of the man behind the carefully crafted mythology.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This excellent series of biographies, each written by an eminent historian, is a rich and rewarding listening experience. AudioFile

  • “A top-notch biography of Washington…This scholarly analysis of the inaugural presidency provides an enlightening new slant on a timeless subject.”

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  • A publishing milestone...Schlesinger, a master craftsman, is imposing his high standards on these books. Hail to the chief. It's a wonderful series Chicago Sun-Times

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig | 5/31/2010

    " A little dry at times and didn't offer any amazing breakthroughs for me. Not a bad look at Washington, but I prefer Joseph Ellis "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee | 4/28/2009

    " This volume showed a different side of Washington than that which is usually shown in biographies of our founding father. Aristocratic, ambitious, and falsely humble are not adjectives usually used. A very interesting biography, though a bit dry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 3/30/2009

    " Extremely insightful on Washington's second term. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Summers | 1/18/2009

    " Gained some knowledge. Rather dull though, hard to stay focused on listening. More political process and policies than biography. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eddie | 4/14/2008

    " This is a very good analysis of our first president. It demonstrates both, Washington's strengths and weaknesses as he worked diligently for a lifetime to make the U.S. a nation that would ultimately be the greatest experiment the world has ever seen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 10/18/2007

    " This is the first (not first-published, but first chronologically) in the American Presidents series of biographies: fairly short, comprehensive presidential biographies. Very interesting, full of insight and details of which I had not been aware, definitely recommended. "

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About the Author

James MacGregor Burns, political scientist and author, is a senior scholar at the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond and professor emeritus at Williams College. He is the author of numerous books on leadership, including Roosevelt: The Soldier of Freedom, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1978 and the National Book Award.

About the Narrator

Richard Rohan is a stage, film, and voice-over actor who has narrated hundreds of audiobooks over the last decade, in every genre. He is particularly proud of his work as director and performer on the acclaimed Space Fantasy audio drama series Deathstalker.