Presidential Travel: The Journey from George Washington to George W. Bush

Presidential Travel: The Journey from George Washington to George W. Bush

by Richard J. Ellis
     
 

The first full-length examination of presidential travel and its role in transforming the image and identity of the presidency from "first citizen" to political celebrity. Colorful anecdotes and acute analysis combine to provide a fresh look at the importance of travel in shaping the "imperial" presidency.See more details below

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The first full-length examination of presidential travel and its role in transforming the image and identity of the presidency from "first citizen" to political celebrity. Colorful anecdotes and acute analysis combine to provide a fresh look at the importance of travel in shaping the "imperial" presidency.

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Library Journal

In his latest work, Ellis (politics, Willamette Univ.; Presidential Lightning Rods: The Politics of Blame Avoidance), who has written several books dealing with U.S. politics and political history, rightfully notes that it is unusual that something as important as presidential travel has not been more thoroughly covered; indeed, this is one of the few monographs dedicated to the topic (see also Bob Wither's The President Travels by Train: Politics and Pullmans). The book brings together disparate facts relating to the presidency, including the debate on appropriating government funds for travel and how the Secret Service came to be in charge of protecting the President, as well as the evolving image of the President himself, from veritable clerk of Congress to embodiment of a regal presidency. Ellis captures the essence of Congressional debates on domestic and international presidential travel over the years and outlines some of the partisan rhetoric, from Federalist to the present. Though the writing is at times tediously repetitious, this monograph provides an important look into an underexplored area of American political history and is overall a valuable addition to the collections of academic libraries.
—Melissa Johnson

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780700615803
Publisher:
University Press of Kansas
Publication date:
04/01/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

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James A. Morone

A superb tour of presidential travel and its deeper meanings. Ellis finds a fresh way to see presidents, power, and the American people. The fascinating historical detail adds up to a sober reflection of lost republican ideals. Wise, lively, elegant, fun, and vexing. (James A. Morone, author of Hellfire Nation: The Politics of Sin in American History)

Alan Schroeder

Succeeds not only as a history of presidential travel, but also as an inquiry into the complex relationship between American citizens and their chief executive. Original, insightful, and brimming with colorful detail. (Alan Schroeder, author of Celebrity-in-Chief)

Fred I. Greenstein

A fascinating and eminently readable work that provides a distinctive perspective on American social and political development. (Fred I. Greenstein, author of The Presidential Difference)

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