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U.S. Presidents For Dummies


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Introduction. Part I: Examining the Office and the Officeholders. Chapter 1: Presidents and the Presidency. Chapter 2: Presidential Rankings and Evaluations. Part II: Starting with Known Quantities: Washington to John Quincy Adams. Chapter 3: Starting Well with George Washington. Chapter 4: The Authoritarian and the Philosopher: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. Chapter 5: Prominent but Ineffective: Madison, Monroe, and John Quincy Adams. Part III: Enduring the Best and the Worst: Jackson to Buchanan. Chapter 6: Standing Firm: Andrew Jackson. Chapter 7: Forgettable: Van Buren, William Henry Harrison, and Tyler. Chapter 8: Dreaming of California: James K. Polk. Chapter 9: Working Up to the Civil War: Taylor, Fillmore, Pierce, and Buchanan. Part IV: Becoming a Force in the World: Lincoln to Hoover. Chapter 10: Preserving the Union: Abraham Lincoln. Chapter 11: Reconstructing the Country: Johnson, Grant, and Hayes. Chapter 12: Closing Out the Century: Garfield, Arthur, Cleveland, and Benjamin Harrison. Chapter 13: Influencing the World: McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, and Taft. Chapter 14: Protecting Democracy: Woodrow Wilson. Chapter 15: Roaring through the '20s with Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover. Part V: Instituting the Imperial Presidency: Franklin Roosevelt to Richard Nixon. Chapter 16: Boosting the Country and Bringing Back Beer: Franklin D. Roosevelt. Chapter 17: Stopping the Buck at Harry Truman. Chapter 18: Liking Ike: Dwight David Eisenhower. Chapter 19: Fulfilling Family Expectations: John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Chapter 20: Fighting for Might and Right: Lyndon Johnson. Chapter 21: Covering Up: Richard Nixon. Part VI: Changing the Dynamics: Gerald Ford to George W. Bush. Chapter 22: The Career Politician and the Peanut Farmer: Ford and Carter. Chapter 23: A Starring Role for Ronald Reagan. Chapter 24: Acting Out: George Bush and Bill Clinton. Chapter 25: Getting the Call: George W. Bush. Part VII: The Part of Tens. Chapter 26: The Ten Best Presidents. Chapter 27: The Ten Worst Presidents. Chapter 28: Ten Presidential Libraries Worth Visiting. Appendix: Presidential Facts. Index.

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Marcus Stadelmann is the author of The Dependent Ally: German Foreign Policy 1949--1990 and a contributor to Political Leaders of Contemporary Western Europe.

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