U.S. Presidents For Dummies with Online Practice

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John Wiley & Sons, Jun 30, 2020 - Biography & Autobiography - 480 pages

Discover how the Oval Office’s occupants have made and make history

Which one was the tallest? Which one fought a duel? Which had liquor smuggled into the White House during Prohibition? And why is the president even called the president in the first place? From periwigs and knee breeches to the 24-hour news cycle and presidential Tweets, the fascinating and colorful stories of the 45 incumbents are a powerful lens through which to view U.S. history and get insight into the present.

Taking readers on a fact-filled journey through two centuries, this book examines how each individual obtained their dream (or nightmare) position, what they stood for (or against), achieved (or didn’t), and how their actions affected the country—for better or worse. And—remembering that presidents are people too—it shows how the personal really can be political, exploring how each president’s vision, strengths, and foibles helped or hindered them in building the country and their own legacy.

  • Accessible biographies of all presidents
  • Sidebars, timelines, and photos
  • Lists of best and worst administrations
  • Bonus online content, including quizzes galore to help build retention

Whether you’re a student, a history buff—or are even interested in becoming president yourself one day—U. S. Presidents For Dummies is the perfect guide to what it takes to be leader of the free world, who has stepped up to that challenge, and how those personal histories can help us understand yesterday’s, today’s, and even tomorrow’s union.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION 1
3
Presidential Rankings and Evaluations
19
The Authoritarian and the Philosopher
45
Prominent but Ineffective Madison
63
ENDURING THE BEST AND THE WORST
81
Forgettable Van Buren William Henry
95
Working Up to the Civil War Taylor
121
BECOMING A FORCE IN THE WORLD
137
Fighting for Might and Right Lyndon Johnson
303
Covering Up Richard Nixon
315
CHANGING THE DYNAMICS GERALD
327
xiv
341
Acting Out George H W Bush
355
Getting the Call George W Bush
373
Breaking Tradition Barack H Obama
387
A Billionaire in the White House
401

Reconstructing the Country Johnson
155
Closing Out the Century Garfield Arthur
173
Influencing the World McKinley Theodore
191
Protecting Democracy Woodrow Wilson
213
through the 20s with Harding
227
INSTITUTING THE IMPERIAL PRESIDENCY
243
Liking Ike Dwight David Eisenhower
277
Fulfilling Family Expectations
291
THE PART OF TENS
413
The Ten Worst Presidents
421
Presidential Libraries Worth Visiting
427
PRESIDENTIAL FACTS
433
U S Presidents For Dummies
434
INDEX
443
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About the author (2020)

Marcus A. Stadelmann, PhD, is a Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Department of Political Science and History at the University of Texas at Tyler. He received his PhD from the University of California at Riverside and has subsequently taught at universities in California, Utah, and Texas.

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