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

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Hyperion, Sep 26, 1996 - History - 256 pages
An analysis of the history of the U.S. presidency details the lives of each president and looks at why some have become national heroes while others have faded into historical obscurity, revealing five qualities that successful presidents have typically brought to the Oval Office. Tour.

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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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