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Recarving Rushmore: Ranking the Presidents on Peace, Prosperity, and Liberty

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  • Posted January 11, 2012

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    Very good, but............

    A very, very enlightening book considering the exaggerated administrations of Reagan, Kennedy, FDR, TR, and Jefferson; on the other hand, the author uses the tight legal framework of the U.S. Constitution to determine the outcome as often abandons this document if it does not meet his desired outcome. Case in point: Jackson and Lincoln. The book reminds me of a scientist’s exact test that almost sustains the hypothesis, but fails to effectively become truth unless the proctor pushes the facts.
    For example, the author cites that Jackson and Lincoln had a legal ‘right’ under the U.S. Constitution to restrain insurrection, but did not under the spirit of the Declaration of Independence? A contest between the preservation of the Union Vs the Spirit of the Declaration of Independence is not even a competition.
    Finally, the author makes valid points as to why several U.S. Presidents are not worthy of high ranking, but clearly not all.
    What (the) Founding Fathers, Fathers such as Jefferson and Madison, found out upon graduation to the Presidency was that their theories were in practice limited. Limited because they had never been tested outside of the printed document. Practices that protect, expand, and strengthen the United States could never be reduced in importance.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Good overview if you are open minded

    Eland rates the Presidents based on Peace, Prosperity and how well each President upheld the Constitution. I definitely disagree on him with some of his choices but found the book informative and entertaining. I do agree that we have seen the power of the presidency grow beyond what I think the founders intended. One of the interesting questions he asks is what rights do we give up during wartime and do they return after the war is over? Good question for our times and all times. Ask the Romans. If you keep an open mind I think you will enjoy this book. Buy it or borrow it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2009

    A Fascinating History Lesson

    An organized and well thought out book that will make you look at the presidency and what our founding fathers meant it to be in a new light.

    Recarving Rushmore is easy to read and takes into consideration each presidents strengths and weaknesses in the areas of peace, prosperity and liberty on an individual basis without regard to their political affiliation.

    A timely book! While looking back it provides insight into how the U.S. got where is today and where it may be going tomorrow.

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