Monthly Archives: December 2018

41.015 – Source Notes



Special thanks to Dan McClellan for providing the intro quote for this episode!

  • Bush, Barbara. Barbara Bush: A Memoir. New York and London: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1994.
  • Bush, George. All the Best, George Bush: My Life in Letters and Other Writings. New York: Scribner, 1999.
  • Engel, Jeffrey A, ed. The China Diary of George H.W. Bush: The Making of a Global President. Princeton, NJ and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2008.
  • Kristof, Nicholas D, and Sheryl WuDunn. China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power. New York: Vintage Books, 1995 [1994].
  • Meacham, Jon. Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush. New York: Random House, 2015.
  • Nixon, Richard. RN: The Memoirs of Richard Nixon. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1978.
  • Rumsfeld, Donald. Known and Unknown: A Memoir. New York: Sentinel, 2011.
  • Werth, Barry. 31 Days: The Crisis That Gave Us the Government We Have Today. New York and London: Doubleday, 2006.

Featured Image: “President Ford and daughter Susan watch as Secretary of State Henry Kissinger shakes hands with Mao Tse-Tung; Chairman of Chinese Communist Party, during a visit to the Chairman’s residence.” [2 Dec 1975], courtesy of the Gerald R Ford Library and Wikipedia

Intro and Outro Music: “Four Ruffles and Flourishes, Hail to the Chief (long version)” performed by the US Army Band, courtesy of Wikipedia


41.015 – An Important Mission: A Tribute to George H W Bush



Year(s) Discussed: 1974-1975

In memory of the late George H W Bush, this special episodes takes a look at his tenure as US Envoy to China. In the wake of Watergate, George Bush’s future is uncertain until he receives an offer from the new President to serve as the nation’s representative to China. In a newly created diplomatic post with unfamiliar partners, Bush throws himself headlong into his new post and life in Beijing and, in so doing, gains invaluable experience to prepare him for what lies ahead in his own future. Sources used for this episode can be found at http://presidencies.blubrry.com.

Featured Image: “George Bush as United States Liaison to China; 1974-1975” [c. 1975], courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration and Wikipedia


2.10 – Source Notes



  • Adams, Abigail. “To Mary Smith Cranch, 9 July 1798,” Founders Online, National Archives, last modified June 13, 2018, http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Adams/99-03-02-0133. [Last Accessed: 11 Nov 2018]
  • Adams, John. “To George Washington, 22 June 1798,” Founders Online, National Archives, last modified June 13, 2018, http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/06-02-02-0270. [Original source: The Papers of George Washington, Retirement Series, vol. 2, 2 January 1798 – 15 September 1798, ed. W. W. Abbot. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1998, pp. 351–352.] [Last Accessed: 9 Nov 2018]
  • John. “To James McHenry, 14 August 1798,” Founders Online, National Archives, last modified June 13, 2018, http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Adams/99-02-02-2820. [Last Accessed: 21 Nov 2018]
  • Adams, John. “To James McHenry, 29 August 1798,” Founders Online, National Archives, last modified June 13, 2018, http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Adams/99-02-02-2900. [Last Accessed: 21 Nov 2018]
  • Adams, John. “To Oliver Wolcott, Jr., 24 September 1798,” Founders Online, National Archives, last modified June 13, 2018, http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Adams/99-02-02-3021. [Last Accessed: 21 Nov 2018]
  • Annals of Congress. 5th Congress, Special Session No 2. 620-624. https://memory.loc.gov/ammem/amlaw/lwac.html [Last Accessed: 20 Nov 2018]
  • Brown, Ralph Adams. The Presidency of John Adams. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 1989 [1975].
  • Chernow, Ron. Alexander Hamilton. New York: Penguin Press, 2004.
  • Chernow, Ron. Washington: A Life. New York: Penguin Press, 2010.
  • Ferling, John. John Adams: A Life. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2010 [1992].
  • Hamilton, Alexander. “To George Washington, 19 May 1798,” Founders Online, National Archives, last modified June 13, 2018, http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Hamilton/01-21-02-0258. [Original source: The Papers of Alexander Hamilton, vol. 21, April 1797 – July 1798, ed. Harold C. Syrett. New York: Columbia University Press, 1974, pp. 466–468.] [Last Accessed: 11 Nov 2018]
  • Hamilton, Alexander. “To George Washington, 2 June 1798,” Founders Online, National Archives, last modified June 13, 2018, http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Hamilton/01-21-02-0264. [Original source: The Papers of Alexander Hamilton, vol. 21, April 1797 – July 1798, ed. Harold C. Syrett. New York: Columbia University Press, 1974, pp. 479–480.] [Last Accessed: 11 Nov 2018]
  • Hamilton, Alexander. “To George Washington, 8 July 1798,” Founders Online, National Archives, last modified June 13, 2018, http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/06-02-02-0304. [Original source: The Papers of George Washington, Retirement Series, vol. 2, 2 January 1798 – 15 September 1798, ed. W. W. Abbot. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1998, pp. 392–393.] [Last Accessed: 12 Nov 2018]
  • Knox, Henry. “To George Washington, 29 July 1798,” Founders Online, National Archives, last modified June 13, 2018, http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/06-02-02-0374. [Original source: The Papers of George Washington, Retirement Series, vol. 2, 2 January 1798 – 15 September 1798, ed. W. W. Abbot. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1998, pp. 469–472.] [Last Accessed: 21 Nov 2018]
  • Knox, Henry. “To John Adams, 27 August 1798,” Founders Online, National Archives, last modified June 13, 2018, http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Adams/99-02-02-2889. [Last Accessed: 21 Nov 2018]
  • Linklater, Andro. An Artist in Treason: The Extraordinary Double Life of General James Wilkinson. New York: Walker Publishing Co, 2009.
  • McCullough, David. John Adams. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2001.
  • McHenry, James. “To George Washington, 26 June 1798,” Founders Online, National Archives, last modified June 13, 2018, http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/06-02-02-0279. [Original source: The Papers of George Washington, Retirement Series, vol. 2, 2 January 1798 – 15 September 1798, ed. W. W. Abbot. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1998, pp. 359–360.] [Last Accessed: 18 Nov 2018]
  • McHenry, James. “To John Adams, 4 August 1798,” Founders Online, National Archives, last modified June 13, 2018, http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Adams/99-02-02-2785. [Last Accessed: 21 Nov 2018]
  • McHenry, James. “To John Adams, 20 August 1798,” Founders Online, National Archives, last modified June 13, 2018, http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Adams/99-02-02-2856. [Last Accessed: 21 Nov 2018]
  • Pickering, Timothy. “To George Washington, 6 July 1798,” Founders Online, National Archives, last modified June 13, 2018, http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/06-02-02-0300. [Original source: The Papers of George Washington, Retirement Series, vol. 2, 2 January 1798 – 15 September 1798, ed. W. W. Abbot. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1998, pp. 386–387.] [Last Accessed: 12 Nov 2018]
  • Robbins, Karen E. James McHenry: Forgotten Federalist. Athens, GA and London: University of Georgia Press, 2013.
  • Schom, Alan. Napoleon Bonaparte. New York: HarperCollins, 1998 [1997].
  • Washington, George. “To Alexander Hamilton, 27 May 1798,” Founders Online, National Archives, last modified June 13, 2018, http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Hamilton/01-21-02-0262. [Original source: The Papers of Alexander Hamilton, vol. 21, April 1797 – July 1798, ed. Harold C. Syrett. New York: Columbia University Press, 1974, pp. 470–474.] [Last Accessed: 11 Nov 2018]
  • Washington, George. “To James McHenry, 4 July 1798,” Founders Online, National Archives, last modified June 13, 2018, http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/06-02-02-0295. [Original source: The Papers of George Washington, Retirement Series, vol. 2, 2 January 1798 – 15 September 1798, ed. W. W. Abbot. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1998, pp. 376–382.] [Last Accessed: 18 Nov 2018]
  • Washington, George. “To James McHenry, 5 July 1798,” Founders Online, National Archives, last modified June 13, 2018, http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/06-02-02-0296. [Original source: The Papers of George Washington, Retirement Series, vol. 2, 2 January 1798 – 15 September 1798, ed. W. W. Abbot. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1998, pp. 382–384.] [Last Accessed: 18 Nov 2018]
  • Washington, George. “To Timothy Pickering, 11 July 1798,” Founders Online, National Archives, last modified June 13, 2018, http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/06-02-02-0310. [Original source: The Papers of George Washington, Retirement Series, vol. 2, 2 January 1798 – 15 September 1798, ed. W. W. Abbot. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1998, pp. 397–400.] [Last Accessed: 13 Nov 2018]
  • Washington, George. “To John Adams, 13 July 1798,” Founders Online, National Archives, last modified June 13, 2018, http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/06-02-02-0314. [Original source: The Papers of George Washington, Retirement Series, vol. 2, 2 January 1798 – 15 September 1798, ed. W. W. Abbot. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1998, pp. 402–404.] [Last Accessed: 10 Nov 2018]
  • Washington, George. “To John Adams, 25 September 1798,” Founders Online, National Archives, last modified June 13, 2018, http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Adams/99-02-02-3028. [Last Accessed: 21 Nov 2018]
  • Wolcott, Oliver, Jr. “To John Adams, 17 September 1798,” Founders Online, National Archives, last modified June 13, 2018, http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Adams/99-02-02-2994. [Last Accessed: 21 Nov 2018]
  • Zahniser, Marvin R. Charles Cotesworth Pinckney: Founding Father. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1967.

Featured Image: “William Stephens Smith” by F T Stuart [c. 1900], courtesy of Wikipedia


2.10 – Checkmate: Hamilton



Year(s) Discussed: 1798

Adams quickly comes to regret his naming George Washington as commander-in-chief of the US Army when Washington decides to appoint Alexander Hamilton as his second in command. As the threat of war looms, the President and his commanding general end up in a back and forth that threatens the preparedness of the Army. Meanwhile, Elbridge Gerry’s mission to France makes little headway as Talleyrand and Napoleon focus on plans to reestablish France as a major colonial power. Sources used for this episode can be found at http://presidencies.blubrry.com.

Featured Image: “Alexander Hamilton” by William J Weaver, courtesy of Wikipedia