The First Congress: How James Madison, George Washington and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the Government


I received a Kindle copy of this book courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher with the understanding that I would write a review and post it to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, my blog, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus pages. This is the first book by Gergus M. Bordewich that I have read.

This was an engaging and fascinating read. The author addresses all of the key decisions that took place during the first congress that laid the groundwork for how our legislative, executive and judicial branches interact today.

Among these are what are the roles of the President and Congress, the first amendments to the Constitution that eventually become the Bill of Rights, when does the President address Congress and in what manner, the evolution of the rules of procedure for both the House and the Senate, the Senate’s authority to confirm cabinet appointments and the President’s to fire cabinet officers, the role of cabinet officers and the Vice President and who establishes the budget among many other issues.

In addition to these, Bordewich also weaves in the decision making process in establishing Washington, D.C. as the future permanent home of the Capitol and the establishment of the National Bank.

The author does a nice job at the end of the book in relating what happened to all of the key characters that were involved in the process.

I heartily recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the establishment of our government or in the history of our country.


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