Magazine May 29, 2017, Issue

‘Manifesto for Moderation’

Washington’s Farewell: The Founding Father’s Warning to Future Generations, by John Avlon (Simon & Schuster, 368 pp., $27)

Books about specific presidential addresses have become commonplace. In recent decades, we have been treated to book-length studies of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and Second Inaugural Address, Eisenhower’s Farewell Address, and Kennedy’s Inaugural Address. John Avlon’s Washington’s Farewell will take its place as one of the best of this expanding and increasingly popular genre.

Unlike the messages that inspired those previous studies, Washington’s Farewell Address was not delivered orally before spectators. He submitted the 6,088-word document to a newspaper in the run-up to the 1796 presidential election. Washington had an announcement of particular importance to make: that he was stepping down at

Alvin S. Felzenberg — Mr. Felzenberg is the author of A Man and His Presidents: The Political Odyssey of William F. Buckley Jr. and The Leaders We Deserved: Rethinking the Presidential Rating Game.

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