The Challenge of the American Presidency

The Challenge of the American Presidency : Washington to Obama

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According to Niccolo Machiavelli, leaders must always be prepared for change, even in violent and dramatic forms, in order to retain some control of their fate. This incisive text applies the Machiavellian philosophy to each American president, who must learn how to adapt to these changes and/or alter them in order to excel, or even to survive, politically. This edition includes new material on the presidencies of George W. Bush and Barack Obama as well as updated bibliographical entries. The Challenge of the American Presidency will be of interest to those who teach courses in political science, history and American Studies as well as to those who are interested in assessing and comparing U. S. presidents.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 326 pages
  • 144.78 x 228.6 x 30.48mm | 680.39g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0739166662
  • 9780739166666

About Philip Abbott

Philip Abbott is professor of political science at Wayne State University.
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Review quote

In this sweeping examination of the American presidency, Philip Abbott opens the reader's eyes to the evolution, function, and importance of executive power in the United States. His comprehensive, indeed, unmatched insight of American presidents from Washington to Obama revolutionizes our understanding of American leadership. -- William D. Harpine, University of South Carolina Aiken The American presidency spans more than two centuries, and 43 quite different men have occupied the office. It requires extraordinary breadth and depth of knowledge to deal meaningfully with such a vast subject. Philip Abbott, a distinguished scholar in several subjects, is well-equipped to do so-as he demonstrates so clearly here. -- Max J. Skidmore, University of Missouri-Kansas City
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Table of contents

Part 1 1. Introduction Chapter 2 Machiavelli's Advice Chapter 3 The Invention of the Presidency Chapter 4 The Six Presidencies Chapter 5 Summary and Comment Chapter 6 Bibliographic Essay Part 7 2. The Founding Presidency (1789-1829) Chapter 8 Introduction Chapter 9 George Washington Chapter 10 John Adams Chapter 11 Thomas Jefferson Chapter 12 James Madison Chapter 13 James Monroe Chapter 14 John Quincy Adams Chapter 15 Summary and Comment Chapter 16 Bibliographic Essay Part 17 3. The Partisan Presidency (1829-1865) Chapter 18 Introduction Chapter 19 Andrew Jackson Chapter 20 Martin Van Buren Chapter 21 William Henry Harrison and John Tyler Chapter 22 James K. Polk Chapter 23 Zachary Taylor and Millard Fillmore Chapter 24 Franklin Pierce Chapter 25 Abraham Lincoln Chapter 26 Summary and Comment Chapter 27 Bibliographic Essay Part 28 4. The Eclipsed Presidency (1865-1897) Chapter 29 Introduction Chapter 30 Andrew Johnson Chapter 31 Ulysses S. Grant Chapter 32 Rutherford B. Hayes Chapter 33 James A. Garfield and Chester Arthur Chapter 34 Grover Cleveland Chapter 35 Benjamin Harrison Chapter 36 Summary and Comment Chapter 37 Bibliographic Essay Part 38 5. The Modern Presidency (1897-1945) Chapter 39 Introduction Chapter 40 William McKinley Chapter 41 Theodore Roosevelt Chapter 42 William Howard Taft Chapter 43 Warren G. Harding Chapter 44 Calvin Coolidge Chapter 45 Herbert Hoover Chapter 46 Franklin D. Roosevelt Chapter 47 Summary and Comment Chapter 48 Bibliographic Essay Part 49 6. The Cold War Presidency (1945-1993) Chapter 50 Introduction Chapter 51 Harry S. Truman Chapter 52 Dwight D. Eisenhower Chapter 53 John F. Kennedy Chapter 54 Lyndon B. Johnson Chapter 55 Richard M. Nixon Chapter 56 Gerald Ford Chapter 57 Jimmy Carter Chapter 58 Ronald Reagan Chapter 59 George H. W. Bush Chapter 60 Summary and Comment Chapter 61 Bibliographic Essay Part 62 7. The Post-Modern Presidency (1993- ) Chapter 63 Introduction Chapter 64 Bill Clinton Chapter 65 George W. Bush Chapter 66 Barack Obama Chapter 67 Summary and Comment Chapter 68 Bibliographic Essay
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