Presidential Leadership

Presidential Leadership

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by James Taranto
     
 

Where Does Your Favorite President Rank?

Based on a completely new nationwide survey prepared exclusively for this edition of Presidential Leadership, two of America's most prominent institutions, The Wall Street Journal and the Federalist Society, explore just what it is that makes a president great and then rank each from best to worst. Now with updated

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Where Does Your Favorite President Rank?

Based on a completely new nationwide survey prepared exclusively for this edition of Presidential Leadership, two of America's most prominent institutions, The Wall Street Journal and the Federalist Society, explore just what it is that makes a president great and then rank each from best to worst. Now with updated chapters on Bush and "Leadership in the Midst of Controversy," a wide range of eminent scholars, journalists, and political leaders evaluate the competence of our nation's chief executives, including that of George W. Bush's first complete term in office.

From John McCain on Teddy Roosevelt to Kenneth Starr on Richard Nixon, editors James Taranto and Leonard Leo have collected a series of lively, provocative, and highly readable essays evaluating the terms of each of the forty-three U.S. presidents. Other contributors include Douglas Brinkley on James Polk, Melanie Kirkpatrick on Millard Fillmore, Jay Winik on Abraham Lincoln, and Lynne Cheney on James Madison. Fascinating and often surprising, the book reveals who was voted the most controversial and who was the most over- and underrated from the nationwide survey of liberal and conservative scholars, balanced to reflect the political makeup of the U.S. population as a whole. Presidential Leadership is a pleasure to read and an authoritative reference for every library.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780743274081
Publisher:
Free Press
Publication date:
09/01/2005
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
798,385
Product dimensions:
0.70(w) x 5.50(h) x 8.50(d)

Meet the Author

James Taranto is editor of OpinionJournal.com, the website of The Wall Street Journal's editorial page.

Leonard Leo serves as executive vice president of the Federalist Society, an organization of 35,000 lawyers and other individuals committed to limited, constitutional government as envisioned by the framers of the Constitution.

William J. Bennett served as Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy under President George H. W. Bush and as Secretary of Education and Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities under President Reagan. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Williams College, a doctorate in political philosophy from the University of Texas, and a law degree from Harvard. He is the author of such bestselling books as The Educated Child, The Death of Outrage, The Book of Virtues, and the two-volume series America: The Last Best Hope. Dr. Bennett is the host of the nationally syndicated radio show Bill Bennett's Morning in America. He is also the Washington Fellow of the Claremont Institute and a regular contributor to CNN. He, his wife, Elayne, and their two sons, John and Joseph, live in Maryland.

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Table of Contents

CONTENTS

FOREWORD: Presidents, Greatness, and History by William J. Bennett

INTRODUCTION: The Presidency, Federalist No. 10, and the Constitution by Steven G. Calabresi

THE RANKINGS

The Presidents

1. George Washington (1789-97) by Richard Brookhiser

2. John Adams (1797-1801) by Matthew Spalding

3. Thomas Jefferson (1801-09) by Forrest McDonald

4. James Madison (1809-17) by Lynne Cheney

5. James Monroe (1817-25) by David B. Rivkin, Jr., and Mark Wendell DeLaquil

6. John Quincy Adams (1825-29) by Richard Norton Smith

7. Andrew Jackson (1829-37) by H. W. Brands

8. Martin Van Buren (1837-41) by John Steele Gordon

9. William Henry Harrison (1841) by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

10. John Tyler (1841-45) by John S. Baker, Jr.

11. James Knox Polk (1845-49) by Douglas G. Brinkley

12. Zachary Taylor (1849-50) by Brendan Miniter

13. Millard Fillmore (1850-53) by Melanie Kirkpatrick

14. Franklin Pierce (1853-57) by Cynthia Crossen

15. James Buchanan (1857-61) by Christopher Buckley

16. Abraham Lincoln (1861-65) by Jay Winik

17. Andrew Johnson (1865-69) by Jeffrey K. Tulis

18. Ulysses Simpson Grant (1869-77) by Michael Barone

19. Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1877-81) by Ari Hoogenboom

20. James Abram Garfield (1881) by Allan Peskin

21. Chester Alan Arthur (1881-85) by John J. DiIulio, Jr.

22. & 24. Stephen Grover Cleveland (1885-89, 1893-97) by Suzanne Garment

23. Benjamin Harrison (1889-93) by Jessica King

25. William McKinley (1897-1901) by Fred Barnes

26. Theodore Roosevelt (1901-09) by John S. McCain

27. William Howard Taft (1909-13) by Theodore B. Olson

28. Thomas Woodrow Wilson (1913-21) by Max Boot

29. Warren Gamaliel Harding (1921-23) by Jeremy Rabkin

30. John Calvin Coolidge (1923-29) by John O. McGinnis

31. Herbert Clark Hoover (1929-33) by Robert H. Ferrell

32. Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1933-45) by Robert H. Bork

33. Harry S. Truman (1945-53) by Terry Eastland

34. Dwight David Eisenhower (1953-61) by Edwin Meese III

35. John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1961-63) by Peggy Noonan

36. Lyndon Baines Johnson (1963-69) by Robert Dallek

37. Richard Milhous Nixon (1969-74) by Kenneth W. Starr

38. Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr. (1974-77) by Thomas J. Bray

39. James Earl Carter, Jr. (1977-81) by Joshua Muravchik

40. Ronald Wilson Reagan (1981-89) by Harvey C. Mansfield

41. George Herbert Walker Bush (1989-93) by Pete du Pont

42. William Jefferson Clinton (1993-2001) by Paul Johnson

43. George Walker Bush (2001-    ) by Paul A. Gigot

Issues in Presidential Leadership

Presidential Leadership in Economic Policy by Robert L. Bartley

Presidential Leadership During Wartime by Victor Davis Hanson

Presidential Leadership and the Judiciary by Robert P. George

Presidential Leadership After Disputed Elections by James Taranto

Appendixes

1. Methodology of Rankings by James Lindgren

2. Survey Participants

3. Election Data, 1789-2000

Acknowledgments

Index

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