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Mr. President : how and why the founders created a chief executive

by Raphael, Ray.

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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


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Table of Contents:
  • 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.