Hail to the Chief: The Making and Unmaking of the American Presidents

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Hyperion, Nov 28, 1997 - Political Science - 256 pages
An enlightening and thought-provoking presidential biography and original historical analysis, this fascinating book profiles the entire history of the presidency: the personalities who occupied the Oval Office and and the strategies that have led to their successes or their failures.

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HAIL TO THE CHIEF: The Making and Unmaking of American Presidents

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Dallek (History/UCLA; Lone Star Rising, 1991; Ronald Reagan: The Politics of Symbolism, 1984; etc.) thoughtfully finds some common denominators of effective presidential performance. Why have some ... Read full review

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Rating and ranking politicians, especially presidents, appeals to the sporting instincts of Americans. The national pastime has generated a subfield in history and political science. UCLA historian ... Read full review


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Robert Dallek is currently a professor at Boston University.

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