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This is an excellent primer to introduce a president who is essentially unknown to most readers today. He was a man who was level-headed, forward-thinking, well-educated, well-read, well-traveled, and who could compromise when necessary and hold out when warranted. Trefousse's style nearly drove me batty, however, because when he couldn't think of anything else to say, he essentially wrote, "He was a nice man." I suspect there's much more than niceness which produced this President. ( )
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Introduction -- "The iniquity in Florida" wrote the New York Sun about the presidential election, not in the year 2000, but in 1876.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0805069089, Hardcover)

A leader of the Reconstruction era, whose contested election eerily parallels the election debacle of 2000

The disputed election of 1876 between Rutherford B. Hayes and Samuel Tilden, in which Congress set up a special electoral commission, handing the disputed electoral votes to Hayes, brings recent events into sharp focus.

Historian Hans L. Trefousse explores Hayes's new relevance and reconsiders what many have seen as the pitfalls of his presidency. While Hayes did officially terminate the Reconstruction, Trefousse points out that this process was already well under way by the start of his term and there was little he could do to stop it. A great intellectual and one of our best-educated presidents, Hayes did much more in the way of healing the nation and elevating the presidency.

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An American icon and hero faces a nation--and a world--in transition, as seen in this retrospective of the popular president's career. A leader of the Reconstruction era, whose contested election eerily parallels the election debacle of 2000 The disputed election of 1876 between Rutherford B. Hayes and Samuel Tilden, in which Congress set up a special electoral commission, handing the disputed electoral votes to Hayes, brings recent events into sharp focus. Historian Hans L. Trefousse explores Hayes's new relevance and reconsiders what many have seen as the pitfalls of his presidency. While Hayes did officially terminate the Reconstruction, Trefousse points out that this process was already well under way by the start of his term and there was little he could do to stop it. A great intellectual and one of our best-educated presidents, Hayes did much more in the way of healing the nation and elevating the presidency.… (more)

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