The presidency of Calvin Coolidge

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University Press of Kansas, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 244 pages
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Robert Ferrell offers the first book-length account of the Coolidge presidency in thirty years, drawing on the recently opened papers of White House physician Joel T. Boone to provide a more personal appraisal of the thirtieth president than has previously been possible. Ferrell shows Coolidge to have been a hard-working, sensitive individual who was a canny politician and an astute judge of people. Drawing on the most recent literature on the Coolidge era, Ferrell has constructed a meticulous and highly readable account of the president's domestic and foreign policy. His book illuminates this pre-Depression administration for historians and reveals to general readers a president who was stern in temperament and dedicated to public service.

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Robert Farrell's contribution to the excellent "Presidency" series of the University Press of Kansas offers a clear-eyed but sympathetic portrait of the thirtieth president. Coolidge today is ... Read full review

The presidency of Calvin Coolidge

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For decades, Calvin Coolidge has been rated by historians as one of the worst presidents of all time. Considered a passive, introspective, and uninterested person and administrator, Coolidge did ... Read full review


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Professor Emeritus of History at Indiana University, Robert H. Ferrell is the author or editor of many books in American foreign relations, presidential history, and military history, including Five Days in October: The Lost Battalion of World War I; Collapse at Meuse-Argonne: The Failure of the Missouri-Kansas Division; and most recently Argonne Days in World War I (all available from the University of Missouri Press). He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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