The author of the acclaimed biography of President James Polk offers a fresh, playful, and challenging way of playing America’s favorite game—by pitching historians’ views and subsequent experts’ polls against the judgment and votes of the presidents’ own contemporaries.
Robert W. Merry presents a fresh, playful, and challenging way of playing America’s favorite game, “Rating the Presidents,” by pitching historian’s views and experts’ polls against the judgment and votes of the presidents’ contemporaries.
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About the Author
Robert Merry is the editor of The National Interest. He has been a Washington correspondent for The Wall Street Journal and the executive editor of the Congressional Quarterly. He has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, The National Review, The American Spectator, and The National Interest. He has appeared on Meet the Press, Face the Nation, Newsmakers, and many other programs. The author of McKinley, he lives in McLean, Virginia.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Great White House Rating Game 9
Part I The Historians
1 The Judgment of History 27
2 The Vagaries of History 54
Part II The People
3 The Making of the Presidency 91
4 The Presidential Referendum 103
5 The Judgment of the Electorate 129
6 The Stain of Failure 167
Part III The Test of Greatness
7 War and Peace 209
8 Split-Decision Presidents 254
9 Leaders of Destiny 286
Part IV Reputations in Flux
10 Republican Resurgence 333
11 The Post-Cold War Presidents 364
Conclusion: Clear and Present Danger 400
Appendix A Academic Polls 413
Appendix B Presidents By Category Based on Voter Response 419
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