Presidential Performance: A Comprehensive Review

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McFarland, 24/06/2014 - 421 páginas
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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 most who held the office were right for their time.
 

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Introduction
1
GEORGE WASHINGTON
9
JOHN ADAMS
19
THOMAS JEFFERSON
31
JAMES MADISON
45
JAMES MONROE
56
JOHN QUINCY ADAMS
63
ANDREW JACKSON
68
GROVER CLEVELAND 893897
176
WILLIAM MCKINLEY
177
THEODORE ROOSEVELT
182
WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT
196
WOODROW WILSON
201
WARREN G HARDING
210
CALVIN COOLIDGE
217
HERBERT C HOOVER
223

MARTIN VAN BUREN
80
WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON
87
JOHN TYLER
90
JAMES K POLK
98
ZACHARY TAYLOR
103
MILLARD FILLMORE
110
FRANKLIN PIERCE
116
JAMES BUCHANAN
122
ABRAHAM LINCOLN
128
ANDREW JOHNSON
135
ULYSSES S GRANT
143
RUTHERFORD B HAYES
152
JAMES A GARFIELD
157
CHESTER ALAN ARTHUR
159
GROVER CLEVELAND 885889
163
BENJAMIN HARRISON
171
FRANKLIN D ROOSEVELT
231
HARRY S TRUMAN
243
DWIGHT D EISENHOWER
256
JOHN F KENNEDY
267
LYNDON B JOHNSON
277
RICHARD M NIXON
286
GERALD R FORD
299
JAMES EARL JIMMY CARTER
308
RONALD W REAGAN
317
GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH
332
WILLIAM JEFFERSON CLINTON
341
GEORGE W BUSH
355
Notes
365
Bibliography
387
Index
395
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Max J. Skidmore is the Curators’ Professor of Political Science at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He lives in Overland Park, Kansas.

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