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Cincinnatus: George Washington and the Enlightenment by Gary Wills - Hardcover - First - 1984 - from The Urban Bookie and

Cincinnatus: George Washington and the Enlightenment

by Gary Wills

Condition: New/Near Fine

NEW: Unread, Bright Pages, Tight Binding. DJ shows some shelf wear and age discoloration on inside edge of DJ (please view photos).

"Gary Wills has made George Washington interesting again. By investigating the interest Washington's contemporaries had in him, and by playing that interest off against some of the perennial problems of political morality and the uses of power, Wills gives us a fresh perspective on our first President. [He] shows how Washington solved the problem of charismatic leadership by embodying the eighteenth-century Enlightenment idea: the creation of a revived classical republic. People responded to such leadership in verse, sermons, songs, paintings, and sculpture. This book differs from other historical studies of political power by its use of evidence from a wide range of sources. In Wills's hands art history becomes a new kind of political science. [He] finds forgotten messages in Parson Weems's account of Washington; he traces the use of classical images to such unsuspected places as the carving of American eagles and the disposition of Washington's hands in Greenough's notorious statue of the first President. The great actions of Washington are seen afresh, as in a restored painting: the surrender of his military commission, his Farewell Address, and his indispensable role in the ratification of the Constitution of the United States." From front and back flaps.

  • Bookseller: The Urban Bookie US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 0385175620
  • Title: Cincinnatus: George Washington and the Enlightenment
  • Author: Gary Wills
  • Format/binding: Hardcover
  • Book condition: New
  • Jacket condition: Near Fine
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Edition: First
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • ISBN 10: 0385175620
  • ISBN 13: 9780385175623
  • Publisher: Doubleday
  • Place: New York
  • Date published: 1984
  • Keywords: Cincinnatus, George Washington, The Enlightenment, Gary Wills, Political History, Political Thought
  • Bookseller catalogs: History: Politics;
  • Size: 9.2 x 6.2 x 0.7 inches


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