Thinking about the Presidency: Documents and Essays from the Founding to the Present / Edition 1

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Thinking About the Presidency is a concise, highly readable introduction to the American Presidency. As the only presidency reader updated through the September 11 attacks, the Iraq War, and the 2004 race for the presidency, this new text provides students with the most current information available on the presidency. Bringing together classic essays, primary sources, and contemporary scholarship, this new text encourages students to draw their own conclusions about major issues of constitutional governance while providing them with the foundation for continued thought about the office in the years to come. To aid students in learning and reviewing, each section begins with a substantive introduction that places each reading into a coherent theoretical and historical context. To promote critical analysis and facilitate meaningful classroom discussions, each introduction includes thought-provoking questions for each of the readings. Gregg uses unique "Constitutional Context" boxes to directly relate sections of the Constitution to the topic being presented and his "Quick Facts" boxes provide ready reference materials to students.

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Editorial Reviews

University Bookman
Thinking about the Presidency fulfills a critical need for professors and students of the presidency. By blending the advantages of a solid textbook with those of an engaging reader, Gary L. Gregg II pioneers a 'third way' of examining the presidency: The combination of his own exceptional insight into the presidency with a rich selection of classic essays and original sources. Gregg's new, but long overdue, book stands out as a worthy competitor to the leading reader.
Michael Genovese
Thinking About the Presidency is an important and useful work that collects classic and contemporary commentaries and essential historical documents on the Presidency. Excellent for classroom use, Gregg has done his colleagues and students across the nation a real service by bringing under one cover, so many key pieces dealing with the puzzle that is the American Presidency.
Marc Landy
This is a comprehensive and aptly chosen collection of materials. It will prove indispensable for teaching the American Presidency.
David Crockett
Gary Gregg has compiled a wonderful collection of primary documents and important scholarly essays that serves to walk the student through most of the important issues surrounding the American presidency. The collection of these various works in one volume allows for maximum convenience for the classroom. Gregg’s introductions to the readings are substantive and lucid, and help place the selections in a larger historical, constitutional, and scholarly context. His other study helps ably present various data in highly readable formats. This volume should help elevate the classroom discourse to a level higher than that accomplished by the average textbook. Indeed, I can see this volume becoming a standard in undergraduate courses on the presidency.
Charles W. Dunn
Combining breadth and depth of historical understanding in a superbly readable format, Gary Gregg's Thinking About the Presidency stands out as the best reader on the presidency. Classes assigned to read this book will come alive with vibrant, in-depth discussions.
Phillip Henderson
Gregg's Thinking About the Presidency is an essential book for courses on the American presidency. The book is timely, comprehensive, and stimulating. Virtually every important topic is covered, and the historical breadth is amazing. The deft blend of historical documents with contemporary readings covers more ground than any single book on the presidency. With essays by such notables as Mark Rozell, Bradley Patterson, Fred Greenstein, Louis Fisher, and Stephen Skowronek, the book will hold the attention of undergraduate and graduate students alike, and will generate considerable interest in the key issues—both past and present, that surround our study of the presidency. Substantive introductions, skillfully crafted study questions, and other innovations in format and presentation make this a very user-friendly book, unlike anything else available.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742543379
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary L. Gregg II is Mitch McConnell Chair in Leadership and director of the McConnell Center for Political Leadership at the University of Louisville.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Preface Part 2 The Origins of the Presidency Chapter 3 Introduction Chapter 4 Constitutional Provisions Relating to the Presidency Chapter 5 Creating a King? The Anti-Federalist Case Against the Presidency Chapter 6 Energy in the Executive — The Federalist Case for the Presidency Chapter 7 Filling in the Blanks— George Washington and the Establishment of Presidential Power Part 8 Historical Perspectives on Presidential Power Chapter 9 Introduction Chapter 10 Presidential Power and the Oath of Office Chapter 11 The President as Steward of the Public Interest Chapter 12 The President Constrained by the Constitution Part 13 Leadership in the Executive Branch Chapter 14 Introduction Chapter 15 "The President Needs Help:" The Brownlow Committee Report and the President's Recommendation to Congress Chapter 16 The White House Staff— Its Structure and Function Chapter 17 The Bush Transition in Historical Context Chapter 18 The President's Cabinet Chapter 19 Life in the Cabinet Chapter 20 Beyond Wreath Laying: The New Vice Presidency and the Making of Foreign Policy Part 21 Presidential Leadership and Separation of Powers Chapter 22 Introduction Chapter 23 The Presidential "One Hundred Days:" An Overview Chapter 24 Managing White House-Congressional Relations: Observations from Inside the Process Chapter 25 Veto: the Power to Say "No" Chapter 26 Franklin Roosevelt's "Court Packing" Address Part 27 Presidential Leadership in Foreign Affairs and War Chapter 28 Introduction Chapter 29 The Pacificus and Helvidius Letters Chapter 30 United States v. Curtiss-Wright Export Corporation (1936) United States Supreme Court Chapter 31 Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer (1952) United States Supreme Court Chapter 32 Invitation to Struggle: The President, Congress, and National Security Chapter 33 The War Powers Resolution: President Nixon's Veto Message ad Senator Jacob Javits' Reply Chapter 34 Acts Authorizing the Use of Military Force Part 35 Presidential Election and Party Politics Chapter 36 Introduction Chapter 37 The Original Electoral College: Federal #68 Chapter 38 The Electoral College— Pillar of the Two Party System Chapter 39 Executive Leadership and Political Parties00 A Comparative Perspective Chapter 40 The Survivors: George W. Bush, John F. Kerry and the Road to Conventions Chapter 41 The Roller Coaster Election of 2000— Why the Campaign Mattered Chapter 42 The 2004 Election Chapter 43 Bush v. Gore Part 44 Presidential Leadership and Public Opinion Chapter 45 Introduction Chapter 46 Rhetoric Proscribed— The Tenth Article of Impreachment Against Andrew Johnson Chapter 47 The Presidency and the Power of Public Opinion Chapter 48 Consequences of the Rhetorical Presidency Chapter 49 Surviving and Thriving Amidst the Permanent Campaign Chapter 50 The Great American Video Game Part 51 Evaluating Presidents and the Presidency Chapter 52 Introduction Chapter 53 Change and Continuity in the Politics of Leadership Chapter 54 Leadership Syle and the Modern Presidency Chapter 55 The Presidency in the 21st Century Chapter 56 Presidential Psychology Part 57 Appendix A: Presidential Terms of Office Part 58 Appendix B: Vice Presidential Terms of Office Part 59 Appendix C: Presidential Election Results Part 60 Index

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