The modern American presidency

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University Press of Kansas, Sep 1, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 318 pages
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"The Modern American Presidency" is a lively, interpretive synthesis of 20th century leaders, filled with intriguing insights into how the presidency has evolved as America rose to prominence on the world stage. Gould traces the decline of the party system and the increasing importance of the media, resulting in the rise of the president as celebrity. 36 photos.

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Not an entirely bad intro, but 20 pages per President is too little. The writing isn't great, either, and the author repeats some words far too often (e.g., "repudiated"), particularly in the first half of the book. Read full review

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Gould (history, emeritus, Univ. of Texas, Austin; The Presidency of William McKinley) tries to make sense of the "modern American presidency" and the peculiar mixture of chief executives who have ... Read full review

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Lewis L. Gould is Eugene C. Barker Centennial Professor Emeritus in American History at the University of Texas at Austin. After receiving his Ph.D. from Yale University, he taught at Texas for 31 years before his retirement in 1998. He was honored for outstanding undergraduate and graduate teaching during his career. His most recent books include THE MODERN AMERICAN PRESIDENCY (2003), GRAND OLD PARTY: A HISTORY OF THE REPUBLICANS (2003), and THE MOST EXCLUSIVE CLUB: A HISTORY OF THE MODERN UNITED STATES SENATE (2005). He has written op-ed essays for "The Washington Post," the "Austin American-Statesman," and "The Dallas Morning News," and has been a frequent commentator on radio and television about modern politics, First Ladies, and Congress.