To Lead a Nation: The Presidency in the Twentieth Century (Portable Professor Series)

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Overview

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.

COURSE LECTURES

  1. Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft: The Rise of the Modern Presidency
  2. Woodrow Wilson: Domestic Triumphs, Foreign Defeats
  3. The Presidency in Retreat: The Twenties
  4. Franklin D. Roosevelt: The Restoration of Presidential Greatness, 1933-1939
  5. Roosevelt and the Road to War, 1939-1941
  6. War and Peacemaking, 1941-1945
  7. Harry Truman: The Making of a President
  8. Republican Interlude: Dwight D. Eisenhower in the White House
  9. John F. Kennedy: Myths and Realities
  10. Lyndon Johnson: Triumph and Tragedy
  11. Johnson and Vietnam
  12. The Paradox of Richard Nixon as President
  13. The Carter Interlude and Ronald Reagan's Presidency
  14. 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760750094
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble
  • Publication date: 5/3/2004
  • Series: Portable Professor Series
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 8 CD's, Book-length Course G
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Dallek

Robert Dallek is the author of the number one bestseller An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963, among other books. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. He is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Society of American Historians, for which he served as president in 2004-2005. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2006

    made a long car trip a joy

    I picked this up not knowing what to expect and was very pleasantly surprised. I was making an 800 mile car trip and this transformed that drudgery in to an interesting and informative time. I loved it and would recommend it to anyone with an interest in U.S. history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2005

    Great for amatuers and experts!

    As an 'amateur' presidential historian, I loved this series. Not only does the professor have an interesting and good style, but he gets beyond the history books and events and make the presidents and the events they shaped/lived come alive. I've listened to this series half a dozen times, and still learn something new everytime. A definite must-listen for all car trips!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2004

    Engaging overview of U.S. Presidents from TR to Reagan

    This is a very good introduction to the great, the near great, and the inept presidents of the 20th century. Most of the focus is on TR, Wilson, FDR, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, LBJ and Nixon with shorter overviews of the Carter and Reagan administrations. The teacher identifies qualities that all great presidents must have, and shows the ways in which a lack of those qualities undermine effectiveness. The lectures include some facinating stories.

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