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Presidential Performance : A Comprehensive Review - Max J. Skidmore

Presidential Performance

A Comprehensive Review

Paperback Published: 1st May 2004
ISBN: 9780786418206
Number Of Pages: 421

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Presidential rankings emerged in 1948 when Life Magazine published an article by the prominent historian, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Sr., who had selected 55 experts on the presidency and asked them to rank the presidents. He asked his respondents to rank presidents into categories of ""Great,"" ""Near Great,"" ""Average,"" ""Below Average"" and ""Failure."" The result was a substantial article that attracted wide public attention. His work and similar studies have not escaped criticism, however. Many general works on the presidency have discussed presidential greatness and identified presidents who stood out for good or ill. There are likely unavoidable inadequacies in all ranking schemes, regardless of the complicated measures that many authors employ in their attempts to be ""scientific."" This book provides useful criticism of these presidential rankings. It is arranged chronologically, and discusses each presidential performance and each ranking study in detail. Perhaps it would be sufficient to say that each man was the right one to be president for his time.

George Washingtonp. 9
John Adamsp. 19
Thomas Jeffersonp. 31
James Madisonp. 45
James Monroep. 56
John Quincy Adamsp. 63
Andrew Jacksonp. 68
Martin Van Burenp. 80
William Henry Harrisonp. 87
John Tylerp. 90
James K. Polkp. 98
Zachary Taylorp. 103
Millard Fillmorep. 110
Franklin Piercep. 116
James Buchananp. 122
Abraham Lincolnp. 128
Andrew Johnsonp. 135
Ulysses S. Grantp. 143
Rutherford B. Hayesp. 152
James A. Garfieldp. 157
Chester Alan Arthurp. 159
Grover Cleveland (1885-1889)p. 163
Benjamin Harrisonp. 171
Grover Cleveland (1893-1897)p. 176
William McKinleyp. 177
Theodore Rooseveltp. 182
William Howard Taftp. 196
Woodrow Wilsonp. 201
Warren G. Hardingp. 210
Calvin Coolidgep. 217
Herbert C. Hooverp. 223
Franklin D. Rooseveltp. 231
Harry S. Trumanp. 243
Dwight D. Eisenhowerp. 256
John F. Kennedyp. 267
Lyndon B. Johnsonp. 277
Richard M. Nixonp. 286
Gerald R. Fordp. 299
James Earl (Jimmy) Carterp. 308
Ronald W. Reaganp. 317
George Herbert Walker Bushp. 332
William Jefferson Clintonp. 341
George W. Bushp. 355
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ISBN: 9780786418206
ISBN-10: 0786418206
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 421
Published: 1st May 2004
Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.14  x 2.36
Weight (kg): 0.57