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Presidents: The Transformation of the…

Presidents: The Transformation of the American Presidency

by Stephen Graubard

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A comprerhensive and well written history of the Presidents of the United States that looks at each man individually and as part of the historic whole. Very interesting to see the men as individuals and to look at the paths that led them to the White house. Graubard effectively makes his case that the primary system has dumbed down the presidency and while the old political machines were corrupt and undemocratic they did elevate some great men to the top office. ( )
  JustAGirl | Feb 6, 2008 |
I'm reading this book at the moment, and so far I've found it thorough, interesting and easy to read. It's an overview of the Presidency throughout the 20th century, and yet it manages to retain quite a bit of detail. In style and objective, it's very much like Peter Hennessy's book 'The Prime Minister: The Office And Its Holders Since 1945' (which, incidentally, is superb).

One strange thing: I'm nearly at the end of the Truman chapter now, and I've just noticed that Graubard has skipped over August 1945 without even the vaguest mention of America's dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The word 'Hiroshima' doesn't even appear in the index! The book generally goes into important decisions and relationships in a fair bit of detail, so this glaring omission is pretty staggering. ( )
  DLSmithies | Aug 26, 2007 |
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In this examination of the Presidency over the course of the 20th century, the author explores the history of the world's greatest elective office and the role each incumbent has played in changing the scope of its powers.

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