The Reader's Companion to the American Presidency

The Reader's Companion to the American Presidency


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The Reader's Companion to the American Presidency by Alan Brinkley

What makes some presidents triumphant leaders and others disastrous failures? How has the presidency evolved from the institution established by the Founding Fathers? Which president was the first to be elected with no previous political experience? In this wonderfully engaging book, readers will discover the answers to such questions and gain a rich understanding of the personalities, policies, and tragic flaws of our nation's chief executives. With forty-one essays in all, by such eminent historians as Eric Foner, Joyce Appleby, James Henretta, Alan Taylor, Jean Baker, Robert Dallek, Drew McCoy, and Karen Orren, THE READER'S COMPANION showcases some of the most provocative interpretive history being written today. Was Madison, for example, an indecisive bungler who led his country to war or a principled politician whose leadership was appropriate to his time? Ranging from the tragedy of Hoover's administration to Johnson's Great Society, from Carter's human rights agenda to the current administration's challenges, these engagingly written pieces shed light on the hubris, and sometimes the brilliance, of our leaders. Fully illustrated with timelines, data boxes, and short essays on presidential families, this book is an indispensable resource for the serious historian and the curious reader alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780395788899
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 02/28/2000
Series: Reader's Companion Series
Pages: 576
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

Alan Brinkley has been a professor of American history at Columbia University since 1991. During the past academic year, he has held the position of Harmsworth Professor of American History at Oxford University. He is the author of, among other books, Voices of Protest: Huey Long, Father Coughlin, and The Great Depression, which won the American Book Award for history. Brinkley currently resides in New York.

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