The American Presidency

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Alan Brinkley, Davis Dyer
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2004 - History - 572 pages
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The most up-to-date, incisive, and accessible reference on the American presidency, with essays by the nation's leading historians.

An indispensable resource for the curious reader and the serious historian alike, The American Presidency showcases some of the most provocative interpretive history being written today. This rich narrative history sheds light on the hubris, struggles, and brilliance of our nation's leaders.
Coupling vivid writing with unparalleled scholarship, these insightful essays from well-known historians cover every presidency from the first through the forty-third.
 

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Contents

George Washington 17891797
1
John Adams 17971801
20
Thomas Jefferson
33
James Madison
48
James Monroe 18171825
59
John Quincy Adams
73
Andrew Jackson
82
Martin Van Buren 18371841
103
Theodore Roosevelt 19011909
268
William Howard Taft 19091913
285
Woodrow Wilson 19131921
297
Warren G Harding 19211923
314
Calvin Coolidge 19231929
323
Herbert Hoover
332
Franklin D Roosevelt
344
Harry S Truman 19451953
365

William Henry Harrison
115
John Tyler
121
James K Polk
129
Zachary Taylor
139
Millard Fillmore 18501853
145
Franklin Pierce
152
James Buchanan 18571861
163
Abraham Iincoln
173
Andrew Johnson 18651869
189
Ulysses S Grant
200
Rutherford B Hayes
215
James A Garfield
224
Chester Arthur 18811885
233
Grover Cleveland
240
Benjamin Harrison
250
William McKinley
257
Dwight D Eisenhower
381
John F Kennedy 19611963
397
Lyndon B Johnson
409
Richard Nixon 19691974
425
Gerald Ford
443
Jimmy Carter
455
Ronald Reagan
467
George HW Bush
487
Bill Clinton 19932001
499
George W Bush
530
Acknowledgments
545
For Further Reading
547
Illustration Credits
554
Index
555
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Alan Brinkley was born in 1949. He earned his Ph.D. at Harvard University and taught at MIT and Harvard as well as City University of New York and Princeton University before joining the Columbia faculty in 1991. He is the Allan Nevins Professor of History at Columbia University, where he was also Provost from 2003 - 2009. He is a historian of the New Deal. A prolific essayist, Brinkley writes regularly in magazines such as The New York Review of Books, the New York Times Book Review, Newsweek and The New Republic and is an advocate for progressive issues. Brinkley has won a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, the National Book Award for History, and numerous other prizes and fellowships, and was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He also serves as a board member or trustee of several academic and policy research institutions and chairs the board of The Century Foundation. His works include Liberalism and Its Discontents, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and The Publisher: Henry Luce and His American Century.

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