To Lead a Nation: The Presidency in the Twentieth Century (Portable Professor Series)by Robert Dallek
PORTABLE PROFESSOR is a series of exciting and informative lectures recorded by some of today's most renowned university and college professors. Each course introduces listeners to fascinating, and sometimes startling, insights into the intellectual forces that shape our understanding of the world. Each package includes 14 riveting lectures presented by notable professors as well as a book-length course guide.
Teddy Roosevelt remarked that no president could achieve greatness save through war, but Woodrow Wilson noted that a president is as big a man as he chooses to be. Certainly the twentieth century saw greatness in the U.S. presidency and no shortage of war, and yet given the records of the men to hold the highest executive office in the nation, the secret to presidential success remains elusive. In this fascinating series of lectures, award-winning historian Robert Dallek charts the course of the presidency during the twentieth century, exploring how some men rose to the enormous challenges of their times while others tarnished the office, how some conjured up greatness in times of peace and prosperity while others barely managed to leave a mark.
- Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft: The Rise of the Modern Presidency
- Woodrow Wilson: Domestic Triumphs, Foreign Defeats
- The Presidency in Retreat: The Twenties
- Franklin D. Roosevelt: The Restoration of Presidential Greatness, 1933-1939
- Roosevelt and the Road to War, 1939-1941
- War and Peacemaking, 1941-1945
- Harry Truman: The Making of a President
- Republican Interlude: Dwight D. Eisenhower in the White House
- John F. Kennedy: Myths and Realities
- Lyndon Johnson: Triumph and Tragedy
- Johnson and Vietnam
- The Paradox of Richard Nixon as President
- The Carter Interlude and Ronald Reagan's Presidency
- Assessing Presidential Leadership
A winner of the Bancroft Prize for history, Robert Dallek is a respected expert on presidential history and has taught at Columbia University, UCLA, and Oxford University. He is currently Professor of History at Boston University. He has published numerous works about U.S. foreign policy and the U.S. presidency, including such best-selling books as Lone Star Rising: Lyndon Johnson and His Times, 1908-1960, Hail to the Chief: The Making and Unmaking of American Presidents, and An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy.
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