Recommendations for books on the presidency, biographies and past presidents in honor of Presidents' Day.
On this day (January 15) in 1794, President George Washington sent a message to the United States Senate and House of Representatives and forwarded them correspondence between Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson and French minister to the U.S. Edmond Charles Genêt. While Washington’s note was brief and straightforward, the attached correspondence was quite fiery. Nine [...]
Happy New Year! I can't believe that it's officially 2020. New years always offer lots of potential, but 2020 is extra special for me. It's book year! Since the release of The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution is just over three months away, I wanted to share my book tour [...]
Happy holidays! I hope this season is a happy one for you, regardless of your celebrations of choice. Last month, I shared that my most frequently-asked question is about George Washington’s business practices. Want to know the second one? It usually goes something like “what were newspapers and the press like in the Early Republic? [...]
In early October, I had the opportunity to present on the creation of executive authority for a bunch of lawyers as part of a continuing legal education seminar. One of the things they asked about the most was George Washington’s business practices while he was in office. I wasn’t surprised, this question is actually one [...]
As my dear friend said, isn't that every month? But actually, it's really easy to spend hours editing, working on proofs, prepping for speaking engagements, working on my day job, in meetings, responding to emails, etc etc etc....and all of a sudden it's been days or weeks since I've produced new written content. That's not [...]
Happy October! I absolutely love this month—everything pumpkin, fall colors on the trees, sweaters, boots, hiking, and of course, Halloween! Since we are just a few weeks out, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite White House ghost stories for the spookiest month of the year. The White House is reportedly one of [...]