Time and Chance: Gerald Ford's Appointment with History

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Gerald Ford came to the presidency at the time of one of our nation's greatest constitutional crises, the downfall of President Richard M. Nixon in the aftermath of the Watergate affair. His service as president concluded a distinguished career in the House of Representatives during which he served as leader of the Republican Party in the House. With unrestricted access to Gerald Ford's papers, James M. Cannon tells the story of Ford's rise and Nixon's ruin, providing new insights into this troubling period of ...
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Gerald Ford came to the presidency at the time of one of our nation's greatest constitutional crises, the downfall of President Richard M. Nixon in the aftermath of the Watergate affair. His service as president concluded a distinguished career in the House of Representatives during which he served as leader of the Republican Party in the House. With unrestricted access to Gerald Ford's papers, James M. Cannon tells the story of Ford's rise and Nixon's ruin, providing new insights into this troubling period of our history and Ford's role in guiding the nation through it. Cannon tells the story of Ford's difficult early life and the beginnings of his career in politics in the period immediately after World War II. He tells the story of Ford's rise to prominence in the House of Representatives during the 1950s and 1960s, giving us a fascinating picture of the Congress. In addition, in telling us about the personal life of Gerald Ford, he gives us a sense of the price Ford paid for his success.

"James Cannon, formerly national affairs editor at Newsweek and Ford's domestic policy advisor, has written a superbly provocative and arresting biography that traces Ford's life from his July 4, 1913, birth in Omaha, Nebraska, to his September 8,1974, decision to pardon Nixon of the Watergate conspiracy." --Washington Post Book World

James M. Cannon is a journalist and was Domestic Policy Adviser to President Ford and Chief of Staff to Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780472084821
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/1998
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 1999

    A great book about Gerald Ford & his presidency

    Cannon's biography of Gerald Ford is excellent. While the book focuses mainly on Ford's ascension to the presidency, it provides a great deal of background information on his life & political career and the Watergate scandal. Rarely dull & boring, I highly recommend that anyone interested in this great president's life read this informative and well-written biography.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2007

    Great

    I thought the book was great. He was a fine man and a good president. A really good read. And.....I can never get enough of Watergate.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2002

    Excellent Book

    I found this to be the best book on America's most underrated modern president. I came away with a solid understanding of Watergate, as well as a good knowledge of Ford the man and president. A resurgence of interest in President Ford began in the latter 1990s, and I hope one day we will have a standard biography on his life, presidency and post presidency. Until then, Mr. Cannon's book leads the way in understanding and appreciating Gerald R. Ford.

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