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Booknotes+ w/ Harlow Giles Unger: "Thomas Paine, Forgotten Hero of the American Revolution"

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Historian Harlow Unger chats with Brian Lamb about the work and legacy of Thomas Paine. Mr. Paine's political writings inspired American revolutionaries, but his later writings on religion made him a pariah. Harlow Unger's book, "Thomas Paine and the Clarion Call for American Independence," is the latest of 27 he has written, including many on the Founding Fathers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

38mins

16 Aug 2021

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Ep. 5: Harlow Giles Unger – Thomas Paine, Forgotten Hero of the American Revolution

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Historian Harlow Unger chats with Brian Lamb about the work and legacy of Thomas Paine. Mr. Paine's political writings inspired American revolutionaries, but his later writings on religion made him a pariah. Harlow Unger's book, "Thomas Paine and the Clarion Call for American Independence," is the latest of 27 he has written, including many on the Founding Fathers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

38mins

20 Apr 2021

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236: 4/4 John Quincy Adams, by Harlow Giles Unger.

The John Batchelor Show

Image: Contemporary painting of the sailing vessel La Amistad off Culloden Point, Long Island, New York, on 26 August 1839; on the left the USS Washington of the US Navy.John Quincy Adams, by Harlow Giles Unger.     Johnny Heller (Narrator), Blackstone Audio, Inc. (Publisher); Audible Audiobook – Unabridged.  https://www.amazon.com/John-Quincy-Adams-audiobook/dp/B0095PEHHI/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=harlow+giles+unger&qid=1595726136&s=audible&sr=1-2   He fought for Washington, served with Lincoln, witnessed Bunker Hill, and sounded the clarion against slavery on the eve of the Civil War. He negotiated an end to the War of 1812, engineered the annexation of Florida, and won the Supreme Court decision that freed the African captives of La Amistad. He served his nation as minister to six countries; as secretary of state, senator, congressman, and president.  John Quincy Adams was all of these things and more. In this masterful biography, the award-winning author Harlow Giles Unger reveals Adams as a towering figure in the nation’s formative years and one of the most courageous figures in American history—which is why he ranked first in John F. Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Profiles in Courage. A magisterial biography and a sweeping panorama of American history from the Washington to Lincoln eras, Unger’s John Quincy Adams follows one of America’s most important yet least-known figures.  Harlow Giles Unger, a former distinguished visiting Fellow in American history at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, is a veteran journalist, broadcaster, educator, and historian. He is the author of twenty books, including several biographies of America’s Founding Fathers. He has also written histories of the early Republic as well as numerous books on American education. He lives in New York.

10mins

26 Jul 2020

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236: 3/4 John Quincy Adams, by Harlow Giles Unger.

The John Batchelor Show

Image:  Signing of the Treaty of Ghent. Baron Gambier of Britain is shaking hands with John Quincy Adams.John Quincy Adams, by Harlow Giles Unger.     Johnny Heller (Narrator), Blackstone Audio, Inc. (Publisher); Audible Audiobook – Unabridged.  https://www.amazon.com/John-Quincy-Adams-audiobook/dp/B0095PEHHI/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=harlow+giles+unger&qid=1595726136&s=audible&sr=1-2   He fought for Washington, served with Lincoln, witnessed Bunker Hill, and sounded the clarion against slavery on the eve of the Civil War. He negotiated an end to the War of 1812, engineered the annexation of Florida, and won the Supreme Court decision that freed the African captives of La Amistad. He served his nation as minister to six countries; as secretary of state, senator, congressman, and president.  John Quincy Adams was all of these things and more. In this masterful biography, the award-winning author Harlow Giles Unger reveals Adams as a towering figure in the nation’s formative years and one of the most courageous figures in American history—which is why he ranked first in John F. Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Profiles in Courage. A magisterial biography and a sweeping panorama of American history from the Washington to Lincoln eras, Unger’s John Quincy Adams follows one of America’s most important yet least-known figures.  Harlow Giles Unger, a former distinguished visiting Fellow in American history at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, is a veteran journalist, broadcaster, educator, and historian. He is the author of twenty books, including several biographies of America’s Founding Fathers. He has also written histories of the early Republic as well as numerous books on American education. He lives in New York.

13mins

26 Jul 2020

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236: 2/4 John Quincy Adams, by Harlow Giles Unger.

The John Batchelor Show

Image:  Gilbert Stuart Portrait of Louisa Adams (1821–26)John Quincy Adams, by Harlow Giles Unger.     Johnny Heller (Narrator), Blackstone Audio, Inc. (Publisher); Audible Audiobook – Unabridged.  https://www.amazon.com/John-Quincy-Adams-audiobook/dp/B0095PEHHI/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=harlow+giles+unger&qid=1595726136&s=audible&sr=1-2   He fought for Washington, served with Lincoln, witnessed Bunker Hill, and sounded the clarion against slavery on the eve of the Civil War. He negotiated an end to the War of 1812, engineered the annexation of Florida, and won the Supreme Court decision that freed the African captives of La Amistad. He served his nation as minister to six countries; as secretary of state, senator, congressman, and president.  John Quincy Adams was all of these things and more. In this masterful biography, the award-winning author Harlow Giles Unger reveals Adams as a towering figure in the nation’s formative years and one of the most courageous figures in American history—which is why he ranked first in John F. Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Profiles in Courage. A magisterial biography and a sweeping panorama of American history from the Washington to Lincoln eras, Unger’s John Quincy Adams follows one of America’s most important yet least-known figures.  Harlow Giles Unger, a former distinguished visiting Fellow in American history at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, is a veteran journalist, broadcaster, educator, and historian. He is the author of twenty books, including several biographies of America’s Founding Fathers. He has also written histories of the early Republic as well as numerous books on American education. He lives in New York.

8mins

26 Jul 2020

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236: 1/4 John Quincy Adams, by Harlow Giles Unger.

The John Batchelor Show

Image: Copy of portrait daguerreotype of John Quincy Adams, sixth President of the United States.John Quincy Adams, by Harlow Giles Unger.     Johnny Heller (Narrator), Blackstone Audio, Inc. (Publisher); Audible Audiobook – Unabridged.  https://www.amazon.com/John-Quincy-Adams-audiobook/dp/B0095PEHHI/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=harlow+giles+unger&qid=1595726136&s=audible&sr=1-2   He fought for Washington, served with Lincoln, witnessed Bunker Hill, and sounded the clarion against slavery on the eve of the Civil War. He negotiated an end to the War of 1812, engineered the annexation of Florida, and won the Supreme Court decision that freed the African captives of La Amistad. He served his nation as minister to six countries; as secretary of state, senator, congressman, and president.  John Quincy Adams was all of these things and more. In this masterful biography, the award-winning author Harlow Giles Unger reveals Adams as a towering figure in the nation’s formative years and one of the most courageous figures in American history—which is why he ranked first in John F. Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Profiles in Courage. A magisterial biography and a sweeping panorama of American history from the Washington to Lincoln eras, Unger’s John Quincy Adams follows one of America’s most important yet least-known figures.  Harlow Giles Unger, a former distinguished visiting Fellow in American history at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, is a veteran journalist, broadcaster, educator, and historian. He is the author of twenty books, including several biographies of America’s Founding Fathers. He has also written histories of the early Republic as well as numerous books on American education. He lives in New York.

13mins

26 Jul 2020

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192: "Mr. President": 4of4: George Washington and the Making of the Nation's Highest Office Kindle Edition. by Harlow Giles Unger (Author) Format: Kindle Edition

The John Batchelor Show

(Photo:Published: N.Y. : Bencke & ScottTitle | The reception of Lafayette at Mount Vernon, home of WashingtonDescription | The print showing George Washington welcoming Marquis de Lafayette to his home at Mount Vernon; Martha Washington and others are on the right.Date | circa 1875 Medium | chromolithograph )http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contacthttp://JohnBatchelorShow.com/scheduleshttp://johnbatchelorshow.com/blogTwitter: @BatchelorShow"Mr. President": 4of4: George Washington and the Making of the Nation's Highest Office Kindle Edition.  by Harlow Giles Unger (Author)  Format: Kindle Edition https://www.amazon.com/Mr-President-Washington-Nations-Highest-ebook/dp/B01DPSCUIS/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=Although the framers gave the president little authority, George Washington knew whatever he did would set precedents for generations of future leaders. To ensure their ability to defend the nation, he simply ignored the Constitution when he thought it necessary.In a revealing new look at the birth of American government, “Mr. President”describes Washington's presidency in a time of continual crisis, as rebellion and attacks by foreign enemies threatened to destroy this new nation. Constantly weighing preservation of the Union against preservation of individual liberties and states' rights, Washington assumed more power with each crisis. In a series of brilliant but unconstitutional maneuvers he forced Congress to cede control of the four pillars of executive power: war, finance, foreign affairs, and law enforcement.Drawing on rare documents and letters, Unger shows how Washington combined political cunning and sheer genius to seize ever-widening powers, impose law and order while ensuring individual freedom, and shape the office of President of the United States.

10mins

16 Jul 2020

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192: "Mr. President": 3of4: George Washington and the Making of the Nation's Highest Office Kindle Edition. by Harlow Giles Unger (Author) Format: Kindle Edition

The John Batchelor Show

(Photo: Dillon, Luke C., 1844- -- PhotographerTitle | Hall and stairway, Mt. Vernon mansion.Date | Coverage: 1859?-1925. Source Imprint: 1859?-1925..Digital item published 3-9-2006; updated 2-13-2009.Medium | photograph)http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contacthttp://JohnBatchelorShow.com/scheduleshttp://johnbatchelorshow.com/blogTwitter: @BatchelorShow"Mr. President": 3of4: George Washington and the Making of the Nation's Highest Office Kindle Edition.  by Harlow Giles Unger (Author)  Format: Kindle Edition https://www.amazon.com/Mr-President-Washington-Nations-Highest-ebook/dp/B01DPSCUIS/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=Although the framers gave the president little authority, George Washington knew whatever he did would set precedents for generations of future leaders. To ensure their ability to defend the nation, he simply ignored the Constitution when he thought it necessary.In a revealing new look at the birth of American government, “Mr. President”describes Washington's presidency in a time of continual crisis, as rebellion and attacks by foreign enemies threatened to destroy this new nation. Constantly weighing preservation of the Union against preservation of individual liberties and states' rights, Washington assumed more power with each crisis. In a series of brilliant but unconstitutional maneuvers he forced Congress to cede control of the four pillars of executive power: war, finance, foreign affairs, and law enforcement.Drawing on rare documents and letters, Unger shows how Washington combined political cunning and sheer genius to seize ever-widening powers, impose law and order while ensuring individual freedom, and shape the office of President of the United States.

13mins

16 Jul 2020

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192: "Mr. President": 2of4: George Washington and the Making of the Nation's Highest Office Kindle Edition. by Harlow Giles Unger (Author) Format: Kindle Edition

The John Batchelor Show

(Photo:Painting depicting the story of Betsy Ross presenting the first American flag to General George Washington, by Edward Percy Moran, c. 1917 Edward Percy Moran - This image is available from the United States Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID cph.3g02791. This tag does not indicate the copyright status of the attached work. A normal copyright tag is still required. See Commons:Licensing for more information. )http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contacthttp://JohnBatchelorShow.com/scheduleshttp://johnbatchelorshow.com/blogTwitter: @BatchelorShow"Mr. President": 2of4: George Washington and the Making of the Nation's Highest Office Kindle Edition.  by Harlow Giles Unger (Author)  Format: Kindle Edition https://www.amazon.com/Mr-President-Washington-Nations-Highest-ebook/dp/B01DPSCUIS/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=Although the framers gave the president little authority, George Washington knew whatever he did would set precedents for generations of future leaders. To ensure their ability to defend the nation, he simply ignored the Constitution when he thought it necessary.In a revealing new look at the birth of American government, “Mr. President”describes Washington's presidency in a time of continual crisis, as rebellion and attacks by foreign enemies threatened to destroy this new nation. Constantly weighing preservation of the Union against preservation of individual liberties and states' rights, Washington assumed more power with each crisis. In a series of brilliant but unconstitutional maneuvers he forced Congress to cede control of the four pillars of executive power: war, finance, foreign affairs, and law enforcement.Drawing on rare documents and letters, Unger shows how Washington combined political cunning and sheer genius to seize ever-widening powers, impose law and order while ensuring individual freedom, and shape the office of President of the United States.

10mins

16 Jul 2020

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192: "Mr. President": 1of4: George Washington and the Making of the Nation's Highest Office Kindle Edition. by Harlow Giles Unger (Author) Format: Kindle Edition

The John Batchelor Show

(Photo: Image from page 47 of "Guide to Washington" (1889) Identifier: guidetowashingto01balt Title: Guide to Washington Year: 1889 (1880s) Authors:  Baltimore and Ohio railroad company. [from old catalog] Subjects:  Publisher:  [New York, American bank note co.] Contributing Library:  The Library of Congress Digitizing Sponsor:  Sloan FoundationView Book Page: Book Viewer About This Book: Catalog Entry View All Images: All Images From Book   Click here to view book online to see this illustration in context in a browseable online version of this book.     Text Appearing Before Image: here Aug. 24,1814, from which victor) the British marched into Washington. Thecelebrated duelling ground is about one mile southeast of the town.It was the site of many bloody contests ; among the most deplorablewas that between Commodores Decatur and Barron in 1S20, inwhich Decatur was mortally wounded. ARLINGTON. Arlington, the location of the National Militarv- Cemetery, issituated on the Virginia shore of the Potomac, about four miles fromWashington. It was orignally the property of Martha Custis Wash-ington, the wife of Genl Washington, and was eventually inheritedby the wife of Genl Robt. E. Lee, who resided at Arlington untilthe beginning of the late war. On account of a failure to pay the direct tax levied by the gov-ernment in 1862, the United States took possession of the property,and on the suggestion of Mr. Lincoln part of the estate was made amilitar> cemetery. A suit was brought by a member of the Leefamily after the war, for the recovery of the property, in which theText Appearing After Image: Government was defeated. It was finally purchased by the Govern-ment from George Washington Park Custis, for $150,000. Arlingtonnow contains tiic graves of 11,915 Union soldiers. MT. VERNON. Mt. Vernon, the home of Washington, is situated on the westernbank of the Potomac, about sixteen miles from Washington. In 1856 The Mount Vernon Ladies Association of the Unionwas incorporated for the purpose of securing the mansion and con-tiguous grounds of Mt. Vernon. Their object is to restore the mansion and grounds as far as pos-sible to their original condition. Numerous relics and other remem-brances of Washington will be found within the building, whichstands near the brow of a sloping hill about one hundred and twenty-five feet above the river. The adjacent grounds are beautifullywooded with choice shade trees, planted by Washington when ayoung man. The estate originally contained 8coo acres, but after the death ofWashington numerous tracts were sf)Id by his heirs from time to time,until    )http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contacthttp://JohnBatchelorShow.com/scheduleshttp://johnbatchelorshow.com/blogTwitter: @BatchelorShow"Mr. President": 1of4: George Washington and the Making of the Nation's Highest Office Kindle Edition.  by Harlow Giles Unger (Author)  Format: Kindle Edition https://www.amazon.com/Mr-President-Washington-Nations-Highest-ebook/dp/B01DPSCUIS/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=Although the framers gave the president little authority, George Washington knew whatever he did would set precedents for generations of future leaders. To ensure their ability to defend the nation, he simply ignored the Constitution when he thought it necessary.In a revealing new look at the birth of American government, “Mr. President”describes Washington's presidency in a time of continual crisis, as rebellion and attacks by foreign enemies threatened to destroy this new nation. Constantly weighing preservation of the Union against preservation of individual liberties and states' rights, Washington assumed more power with each crisis. In a series of brilliant but unconstitutional maneuvers he forced Congress to cede control of the four pillars of executive power: war, finance, foreign affairs, and law enforcement.Drawing on rare documents and letters, Unger shows how Washington combined political cunning and sheer genius to seize ever-widening powers, impose law and order while ensuring individual freedom, and shape the office of President of the United States.

12mins

16 Jul 2020

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