Offers the story of how the American presidency was shaped during the Constitutional Convention, in a history that includes Gouverneur Morris, James Madison, and George Washington, each trying to see his vision for the office of the president realized. Full description
Part I. Precedents (for better and mostly worse): little gods on earth: monarchs and their governors; revolution and the retreat from executive authority
Part II. Conjuring the office: first draft; second guesses; Gouverneur Morris's final push
Part III. Field tests: selling the plan; the launch; Washington and the challenge to transcendent leadership; system failure: partisan politics and the election of 1800; Jefferson stretches the limits.