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Merry, Robert W., 1946-
Where they stand : the American presidents in the eyes of voters and historians / By Robert W. Merry
Alternate Title American presidents in the eyes of voters and historians
1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
New York : Simon & Schuster, c2012
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 3rd Floor  E176.1 .M468 2012    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Presidents -- Rating of -- United States
Presidents -- United States -- Biography
Presidents -- United States -- History
Political leadership -- United States -- History
Subject United States -- Politics and government
Physical Description xxii, 298 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 273-281) and index
Contents Introduction: The great white house rating game -- I. The historians -- The judgment of history -- The vagaries of history -- II. The people -- The making of the presidency -- The presidential referendum -- The judgment of the electorate -- The stain of failure -- III. The test of greatness -- War and peace -- Split-decision presidents -- Leaders of destiny -- IV. Reputations in flux -- Republican resurgence -- The post-Cold War presidents -- Conclusion: Clear and present danger
Summary Merry examines how and why presidents succeed and fail by recounting the judgments of historians and comparing them to how the voters saw things

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