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The presidency / by Han, Lori Cox,author.;
Includes bibliographical references (pages 113-119) and index."This work provides a concise, authoritative, and illuminating overview of the Office of the Presidency"--
Subjects: Presidents; Executive power; Political leadership;
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Dead presidents : an American adventure into the strange deaths and surprising afterlives of our nation's leaders / by Carlson, Brady.;
Includes bibliographical references and index.Monument man -- Well-timed exits -- The first patient -- Farewell, Mr. President -- Death trips -- His good name -- Robots and sphinxes -- Unintended legacies -- Eternal flame -- The rest of the set -- Family reunion.To public radio host and reporter Brady Carlson, the weighty responsibilities of being president never end. As Carlson sees it, the dead presidents (and the ways we remember them) tell us a great deal about ourselves, our history, and how we imagine our past and future. For American presidents, there is life after death -- and it's just a little weird. Carlson takes readers on a trip to presidential gravesites, monuments, and memorials from sea to shining sea. With a mix of history and contemporary reporting, Carlson recounts the surprising origin stories of the Washington Monument, Mount Rushmore, Grant's Tomb, and JFK's Eternal Flame. He explores whether William Henry Harrison really died of a cold, how the assassin's bullet may not have been what killed James A. Garfield, and why Zachary Taylor's remains were exhumed 140 years after he died. And he explains the strange afterlives of the presidents, including why "Hooverball" is still played in Iowa, why Millard Fillmore's final resting place is next to that of funk legend Rick James, why "Who buried in Grant's Tomb?" became a running gag for Groucho Marx, why Ohio and Alaska fought for so long over the name of Mt. McKinley (now known as Denali), and why we exalt dead presidents not just with public statues and iconic paintings but with kitschy wax dummies, Halloween costumes, and bobblehead dolls. With a passion for history and an eye for neglected places and offbeat characters, Carlson shows that the ways we memorialize our presidents reveal as much about us as it does about the men themselves.
Subjects: Presidents; Presidents;
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Five presidents : my extraordinary journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford / by Hill, Clint.; McCubbin, Lisa,author.;
Retired Secret Service agent Clint Hill brings history to life with this rare and fascinating portrait of the American presidency. Hill delivers a stunning perspective from the eyes of an everyman who saw some of the most historic moments of the 20th century during his seventeen years protecting the most powerful office in the nation. Hill walked alongside Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford, seeing them through a long, tumultuous era: the Cold War; the Cuban Missile Crisis; the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy; the Vietnam War; Watergate and the resignations of Spiro Agnew and Richard Nixon. With a unique insider's perspective and a moving touch, Hill sheds new light on the character and personality of these five presidents, revealing their humanity in the face of grave decisions.Introduction: Walking beside history -- Part I. With President Eisenhower. The secret dead body ; The White House detail ; The eleven-nation tour ; The South American tour ; Spying on the Soviets ; The Asian trip ; The 1960 presidential campaign -- Part II. With President Kennedy. On the first lady detail ; Palm Beach ; Traveling with the Kennedys: Europe ; Hyannis Port ; Traveling with the Kennedys: South America and Mexico ; The Cuban Missile Crisis ; 1963: great expectations ; Triumph and tragedy ; The trip to Texas ; Dallas ; The funeral ; The year after -- Part III. With President Johnson. The LBJ Ranch ; Inauguration 1965 ; The civil-rights president ; A president's burdens ; Traveling with LBJ: Honolulu and Mexico City ; Traveling with LBJ: down under ; 1967 ; 1968 ; Loyalty ; Last days with LBJ -- Part IV. With Presidents Nixon and Ford. Vice President Spiro Agnew ; Beware Greeks bearing gifts ; A visit from Elvis ; 1971 ; 1972: the beginning of the end ; A White House in turmoil ; The unraveling of a presidency ; History takes its toll ; Epilogue: 60 minutes.
Subjects: Autobiographies.; Hill, Clint.; United States. Secret Service; Presidents;
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Accidental presidents : death, assassination, resignation, and democratic succession / by Abbott, Philip.;
Includes bibliographical references (p. [207]-225) and index.Succession and democratic theory -- John Tyler: "I can never consent to being dictated to" -- Millard Fillmore: "God save us from Whig vice presidents" -- Andrew Johnson : "I care not about my dignity" -- Theodore Roosevelt: "There's only one life between that madman and the presidency" -- Chester A. Arthur: "He isn't Chet anymore, he's the president" -- Harry S. Truman: "I felt like the moon, the stars, and all the planets had fallen on me" -- Lyndon Baines Johnson: "For millions of Americans I was still illegitimate, a naked man with no presidential covering, a pretender to the throne, an illegal usurper" -- Calvin Coolidge: "I thought I could swing it" -- Gerald Ford: "I am acutely aware that you have not elected me as your president" -- Conclusion: Refounding succession.
Subjects: Vice-Presidents; Presidents; Presidents;
© 2008., Palgrave Macmillan,
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President McKinley : architect of the American century / by Merry, Robert W.,1946-;
Includes bibliographical references (pages 491-583) and index.Introduction -- Ohio roots -- The forge of war -- Life and work -- The Ohio Republicans -- Steadfast protectionist -- Four years in Columbus -- The Major versus the bosses -- St. Louis triumph -- The victor -- Building a cabinet -- Inauguration Day -- Taking charge -- White House life -- Cuba -- Year-end assessment -- America and Spain -- Path to war -- Victory at sea -- The Caribbean War -- End of hostilities -- Empire -- War's aftermath -- Aguinaldo -- Second-term question -- Second-term resolve -- China -- Reelection -- Family and nation -- Buffalo -- Epilogue."In this great American story, acclaimed historian Robert Merry resurrects the presidential reputation of William McKinley, which loses out to the brilliant and flamboyant Theodore Roosevelt who succeeded him after his assassination. He portrays McKinley as a chief executive of consequence whose low place in the presidential rankings does not reflect his enduring accomplishments and the stamp he put on the country's future role in the world"--"Lively, definitive, eye-opening, [this book] by acclaimed historian Robert W. Merry brilliantly evokes the life and presidency of William McKinley, cut short by an assassin. Most often lost in the shadow of his brilliant and flamboyant successor, TR, the twenty-fifth president is presented by Merry as a transformative figure, the first modern Republican. It was President McKinley who established the United States as an imperial power. In the Spanish-American War he kicked Spain out of the Caribbean; in the Pacific he acquired Hawaii and the Philippines through war and diplomacy; he took the country to a strict gold standard; he developed the doctrine of 'fair trade'; he forced the 'Open Door' to China; and he forged the 'special relationship' with Great Britain. McKinley established the noncolonial imperialism that took America global. He set the stage for the bold leadership of Theodore Roosevelt, who built on his accomplishments. [This book] brings to life a sympathetic man and an often overlooked president. Merry raises his rank to a chief executive of consequence who paved the way for the American Century."--Dust jacket.
Subjects: Biographies.; McKinley, William, 1843-1901.; Presidents;
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Duck for President / by Cronin, Doreen.; Lewin, Betsy,ill.;
When Duck gets tired of working for Farmer Brown, his political ambition eventually leads to his being elected President.
Subjects: Ducks; Elections; Politics, Practical;
© c2004., Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,
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Slavemaster president : the double career of James Polk / by Dusinberre, William,1930-;
Includes bibliographical references (p. 245-252) and index.A market for labor power -- Flight (I) Tennessee -- Flight (II) the Mississippi planation -- Profit -- The nature of the regime -- The spirit of governance -- Births and deaths -- Family and community -- Privileges -- Polk's early response to the antislavery movement -- Texas and the Mexican War -- Slavery and Union -- Alternatives.James K. Polk held the office of President from 1845 to 1849, a period when the expansion of slavery into the territories emerged as a pressing question in American politics. During his presidency, the slave period of Texas was annexed and the future of slavery in the Mexican Cession was debated. Polk also owned a substantial cotton plantation in northern Mississippi and 54 slaves. He was an absentee master who had a string of overseers or agents manage his plantation and did not visit his estate while he was in the White House. In this book, William Dusinberre reconstructs the world of Polk's estate and the lives of his slaves, and analyzes how Polk's experience as a slavemaster conditioned his stance towards slavery-related issues. Dusinberre argues that Polk's policies helped precipitate the civil war he had sought to avert.
Subjects: Polk, James K. (James Knox), 1795-1849.; Presidents; Polk, James K. (James Knox), 1795-1849; Plantation owners; Plantation owners; Slavery; Slavery;
© 2003., Oxford University Press,
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The Ford presidency : a history / by Crain, Andrew Downer.;
Includes bibliographical references (p. 319-326) and index."This book provides a complete history of Ford's presidency from August 9, 1974, to January 20, 1977, looking at his presidency in the context of post-1960s political unrest and subsequent government reform. It includes photographs from the Ford Library, along with endnotes citing interviews, secondary sources, and administration documents from the Ford Library and the National Archives"--Provided by publisher.The fall of Spiro Agnew -- The fall of Richard Nixon -- Pardon -- Inflation, public enemy number 1 -- Reform -- Vladivostok -- Recession, public enemy number 1 -- CIA scandal -- Sinai II agreement -- The fall of South Vietnam and Cambodia -- Helsinki -- Portugal and Spain -- Cities in crisis -- Halloween massacre and the end of SALT -- Deregulation -- Angola -- China and East Timor -- Primary campaign -- Kissinger for/against human rights -- General election.
Subjects: Ford, Gerald R., 1913-2006.; Ford, Gerald R.; Politik.;
© c2009, McFarland,
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Selecting a president / by Clift, Eleanor.; Spieler, Matthew.;
"Selecting a President explains the nuts and bolts of our presidential electoral system while drawing on rich historical anecdotes from past campaigns. Among the world's many democracies, U.S. presidential elections are unique, where presidential contenders embark on a grueling, spectacular two-year journey that begins in Iowa and New Hampshire, and ends at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Modern presidential campaigns are a marked departure from the process envisioned by America's founders. Yet while they've evolved, many of the basic structures of our original electoral system remain in place--even as presidential elections have moved into the modern era with tools like Twitter and Facebook at their disposal--they must still compete in an election governed by rules and mechanisms conceived in the late eighteenth century. In this book, Clift and Spieler demonstrate that presidential campaigns are exciting, hugely important, disillusioning at times but also inspiring"--The presidential election year : a snapshot -- The primaries -- The conventions : clinching the nomination -- The general election -- Election day -- Inauguration day -- The Presidential Oath of Office -- Past presidential elections -- Speeches in presidential campaigns.Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subjects: Presidents; Presidents; Political campaigns;
© 2012., Thomas Dunne Books,
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Why presidents fail / by Pious, Richard M.,1944-;
Includes bibliographical references (p. 299-302) and index.Introduction : presidential fiascoes -- Reputation : Eisenhower and the U-2 flights -- Power stakes : Kennedy and the Bay of Pigs -- Compellence : Johnson and the Vietnam escalation -- Command and control : Ford and the Mayaguez -- Rhetoric : Carter and the malaise speech -- Prerogative power : Reagan and the Iran-Contra affair -- Gamesmanship : Bush 41 and the budget summit -- Program innovation : Clinton and health care -- Parallel governance : Bush and Iraqi weapons of mass destruction -- Presidents unbound : crises of authority and legitimacy -- Risk and resilience : toward a White House learning curve.
Subjects: Presidents; Presidents; Leadership; Leadership;
© c2008., Rowman & Littlefield Publishers,
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