Presidential Campaigns

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Campaigning for the presidency demands strength and courage. Presidential nominees have to know how to play the game, moreover, whether they care for it or not. This enlightening and endlessly entertaining book unveils the whole history of American presidential elections--those clamorous showdowns that have so perplexed, pleased, amused, irked, and fascinated the American people from the very beginning.

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Overview

Campaigning for the presidency demands strength and courage. Presidential nominees have to know how to play the game, moreover, whether they care for it or not. This enlightening and endlessly entertaining book unveils the whole history of American presidential elections--those clamorous showdowns that have so perplexed, pleased, amused, irked, and fascinated the American people from the very beginning.

Presidential Campaigns, an enlightening and endlessly entertaining history of American presidential elections, brings each campaign, from Washington to Reagan, vividly to life.

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The publishers get a gold star for their timing in offering this revised historical account of US campaign high jinks from Washington in 1789 to Clinton in 1992. If Bob Dole appears to be slinging some mud this election year, it's nothing in comparison with the invectives thrown at candidates during the 19th century. (Would Dole dare to call Clinton a "carbuncle-faced old drunkard"?) Boller (history, Texas Christian U.) enlivens historical fact by uncovering the anecdotes and media responses which make American politics worth watching for our comedians. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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*Praise for the first edition:

"For anyone seeking a lively resource book on America's quadrennial spectacle, Presidential Campaign is happily present."--The Washington Post

"An excellent handbook for the campaign junkie."--The Wall Street Journal

"[Boller] has a good eye for the offbeat and the ludicrous, and he spins the anecdotes together with the skill of the old-fashioned Yankee yarn master."--The New York Times Book Review

"Boller has a wonderful knack for extracting the color and drama from political events....Simply an entertaining survey containing a barrelful of interesting historical tidbits, well worth the reading."--Business Week

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195034202
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/26/1984
  • Pages: 444
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.31 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Author: Paul F. Boller Jr., is Emeritus Professor of History at Texas Christian University. His previous books include the best-selling Presidential Anecdotes and Quotesmanship.

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Table of Contents

1 1789 - Starting Off: George Washington 3
2 1792 - Washington Again 5
3 1796 - Federalist Succession: John Adams 7
4 1800 - Republican Takeover: Jefferson's Revolution 10
5 1804 - Jefferson's Landslide 19
6 1808 - Madison and the Dambargo 22
7 1812 - Madison's Wartime Re-election 26
8 1816 - Monroe: Another Virginia Victory 29
9 1820 - Monroe's Quiet Re-election 31
10 1824 - John Quincy Adams and the "Corrupt Bargain" 33
11 1828 - Jackson vs. Adams 42
12 1832 - Jackson, Clay, and the Bank War 53
13 1836 - Van Buren's Victory over Three Whigs 60
14 1840 - Tippecanoe and Tyler Too 65
15 1844 - Polk and Manifest Destiny 78
16 1848 - Old Zach and the Michigander 84
17 1852 - Frank Pierce and Old Fuss and Feathers 88
18 1856 - Buchanan and Bleeding Kansas 91
19 1860 - Lincoln and the Sectional Crisis 99
20 1864 - Lincoln and the War Crisis 115
21 1868 - Grant and Reconstruction 123
22 1872 - Grant and the Liberal Republicans 127
23 1876 - The Hayes-Tilden Disputed Election 133
24 1880 - The Triumph of "Boatman Jim" Garfield 142
25 1884 - The Cleveland-Blaine Contest 146
26 1888 - Harrison, Cleveland, and the Tariff 157
27 1892 - Cleveland's Return to Power 162
28 1896 - McKinley, Bryan, and Free Silver 167
29 1900 - The McKinley-Roosevelt Triumph 179
30 1904 - T. R's Smashing Victory 183
31 1908 - Taft's Big Victory over Bryan 187
32 1912 - The High Tide of Progressivism: Wilson, Roosevelt, and Taft 191
33 1916 - Wilson and the Great War 202
34 1920 - Harding, Nostrums, and Normalcy 212
35 1924 - Keeping Cool with Coolidge 218
36 1928 - Hoover, Smith, and the Catholic Issue 223
37 1932 - Roosevelt, Hoover, and the Great Depression 231
38 1936 - Roosevelt and the New Deal 240
39 1940 - Roosevelt, Willkie, and the War in Europe 250
40 1944 - Roosevelt's Wartime Mandate 259
41 1948 - The Great Truman Surprise 268
42 1952 - The Eisenhower Landslide 280
43 1956 - Another Eisenhower Landslide 291
44 1960 - Kennedy and the New Frontier 296
45 1964 - Lyndon Johnson and the Great Society 308
46 1968 - Nixon, Humphrey, and the Vietnam War 320
47 1972 - Another Nixon Triumph 333
48 1976 - The Triumph of an Outsider: Jimmy Carter 342
49 1980 - The Reagan Victory 354
50 1984 - Another Reagan Sweep 369
51 1988 - Trivial Pursuit: Bush vs. Dukakis 378
52 1992 - Clinton and the Call for Change 387
Notes 401
Index 447
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