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The American Presidencyby Alan Brinkley
For history buffs or anyone who wants to understand the presidency better, pick up The American Presidency. Each president gets a chapter; each chapter is written by a different historian. With this format, the book offers a unique look at how our views of the presidency war hero, statesman, diplomat, or CEO have changed.
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Coupling high-quality scholarship with accessibility. "The American Presidency is a handy, affordable, text-only paperback edition of the popular reference work "The Reader's Companion to the American Presidency. An indispensable resource for the curious reader and the serious historian alike. "The American Presidency showcases some of the most provocative interpretive history being written today. Shedding light on the hubris, struggles, and brilliance of our nation's leaders, this edition will be revised and updated, including a new essay on George W. Bush. "Readable and enlightening" ("Houston Chronicle), the previous hardcover edition of this book has been unanimously praised for its incisive survey of presidential administrations. Written by such eminent historians as Eric Foner, Joyce Appleby James Henretta, Alan Taylor, Jean Baker, Robert Dallek, Drew McCoy, and Karen Orren, "the concise, always smart essays make this a thorough history of the institution" ("Wall Street Journal).
Book News Annotation:
Presidential election years are an apt time to review the history and images of this U.S. institution. In this update of The Reader's Companion to the American Presidency (2000), Brinkley (Columbia U.) and Dyer, a consultant, introduce essays on the presidents up to George W. Bush. Beginning with each man's (so far) dates of service and an illustration, essays of 8-20 pages offer perspectives on how he dealt with the issues of his time. Further readings are listed.
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The most up-to-date, incisive, and accessible reference on the American presidency, with essays by the nation's leading historians.
An indispensable resource for the curious reader and the serious historian alike, The American Presidency showcases some of the most provocative interpretive history being written today. This rich narrative history sheds light on the hubris, struggles, and brilliance of our nation's leaders.
Coupling vivid writing with unparalleled scholarship, these insightful essays from well-known historians cover every presidency from the first through the forty-third.
About the Author
Alan Brinkley has been a professor of American history at Columbia University since 1991. During the past academic year, he has held the position of Harmsworth Professor of American History at Oxford University. He is the author of, among other books, Voices of Protest: Huey Long, Father Coughlin, and The Great Depression, which won the American Book Award for history. Brinkley currently resides in New York.Davis Dyer is a founding partner of the Winthrop Group, Inc., a consulting company of historians and archivists, with offices in Cambridge, Massachusetts and New York City. He is a widely published author in business and exonomic history and management studies. Recent publications include TRW: Pioneering Technology and Innovation Since 1900 (Boston: Harvard Buiness School Press, 1998); (with Daniel Gross) The Generations of Corning: The Life and Times of an American Company (New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2001); and (with Nitin Nohria and Frederick A. B. Dalzell), Falling Fortunes: The Waning of the Industrial Corporation at the End of the American Century (New York: Wiley, forthcoming 2001). Dyer earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in history at Harvard University, taught at Boston College, and served as an associate editor of the Harvard Business Review before joining Winthrop Group in 1986.
Table of Contents
Contents Contributors vii Introduction ix George Washington 1 John Adams 20 Thomas Jefferson 33 James Madison 48 James Monroe 59 John Quincy Adams 73 Andrew Jackson 82 Martin Van Buren 103 William Henry Harrison 115 John Tyler 121 James K. Polk 129 Zachary Taylor 139 Millard Fillmore 145 Franklin Pierce 152 James Buchanan 163 Abraham Lincoln 173 Andrew Johnson 189 Ulysses S. Grant 200 Rutherford B. Hayes 215 James A. Garfield 224 Chester Arthur 233 Grover Cleveland 240 Benjamin Harrison 250 William McKinley 257 Theodore Roosevelt 268 William Howard Taft 285 Woodrow Wilson 297 Warren G. Harding 314 Calvin Coolidge 323 Herbert Hoover 332 Franklin D. Roosevelt 344 Harry S. Truman 365 Dwight D. Eisenhower 381 John F. Kennedy 397 Lyndon B. Johnson 409 Richard Nixon 425 Gerald Ford 443 Jimmy Carter 455 Ronald Reagan 467 George H. W. Bush 487 Bill Clinton 499 George W. Bush 530 Acknowledgments 545 For Further Reading 547 Illustration Credits 554 Index 555
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