The crucible of the presidency has forged some of the very best and very worst leaders in our national history, along with much in between. Based on interviews conducted over the years with a variety of presidential biographers, this book provides not just a complete ranking of our presidents, but stories and analyses that capture the character of the men who held the office.
The Presidents: Noted Historians Rank America's Best--and Worst--Chief Executives #ad - Over a period of decades, c-span has surveyed leading historians on the best and worst of America's presidents across a variety of categories -- their ability to persuade the public, the moral authority, their leadership skills, and more. The complete rankings of our best -- and worst -- presidents, based on C-SPAN's much-cited Historians Surveys of Presidential Leadership.
Accidental Presidents: Eight Men Who Changed AmericaSimon & Schuster #ad - In one way or another they vastly changed our history. Harry truman surprised everybody when he succeeded the great FDR and proved an able and accomplished president. John tyler succeeded William Henry Harrison who died 30 days into his term. Chester arthur, the embodiment of the spoils system, was so reviled as James Garfield’s successor that he had to defend himself against plotting Garfield’s assassination; but he reformed the civil service.
Only theodore Roosevelt would have been elected in his own right. He led the nation forward on Civil Rights but failed on Vietnam. Johnson was named to deliver Texas electorally. Only tr, coolidge, truman, and LBJ were re-elected. Theodore Roosevelt broke up the trusts. He was kicked out of his party and became the first president threatened with impeachment.
Millard fillmore succeeded esteemed General Zachary Taylor. Calvin coolidge silently cooled down the Harding scandals and preserved the White House for the Republican Herbert Hoover and the Great Depression. He immediately sacked the entire cabinet and delayed an inevitable Civil War by standing with Henry Clay’s compromise of 1850
Accidental Presidents: Eight Men Who Changed America #ad - Lyndon B. This new york times bestselling “deep dive into the terms of eight former presidents is chock-full of political hijinks—and déjà vu” Vanity Fair and provides a fascinating look at the men who came to the office without being elected to it, showing how each affected the nation and world.
Abraham Lincoln: Great American Historians on Our Sixteenth President C-Span BooksPublicAffairs #ad - Extras include a timeline of Lincoln's life, brief biographies of the 56 contributors, and Lincoln's most famous speeches. In this beautifully designed volume, America's top Lincoln historians offer a diverse array of perspectives on the life and legacy of America's sixteenth president. Spanning lincoln's life—from his early career as a springfield lawyer, developed from original C-SPAN interviews, to his assassination in 1865—these essays, composite portrait of Lincoln, to his presidential reign during one of America's most troubled historical periods, provide a compelling, one that offers up new stories and fresh insights on a defining leader.
The Room Where It Happened: A White House MemoirSimon & Schuster #ad - John bolton served as national Security Advisor to President Donald Trump for 519 days. A seasoned public servant who had previously worked for Presidents Reagan, Bush #41, and Bush #43, Bolton brought to the administration thirty years of experience in international issues and a reputation for tough, blunt talk.
In his memoir, he offers a substantive and factual account of his time in the room where it happened.
The Voice of America: Lowell Thomas and the Invention of 20th-Century JournalismSt. Martin's Press #ad - Though they may not know it, journalists today too are following a path he blazed. He began lecturing on Alaska, after spending eight days in Alaska. Raised in a colorado gold-rush town, Thomas covered crimes and scandals for local then Chicago newspapers. The explorers club has named its building, its awards, and its annual dinner after him.
His was the trusted voice that kept Americans abreast of world events in turbulent decades – his face familiar, too, as the narrator of the most popular newsreels. Winner, sperber prize 2018, for the best biography of a journalist**The first and definitive biography of an audacious adventurer—the most famous journalist of his time—who more than anyone invented contemporary journalism.
Tom brokaw says: "lowell Thomas so deserves this lively account of his legendary life. Then he assigned himself to report on World War I and returned with an exclusive: the story of “Lawrence of Arabia. In 1930, lowell thomas began delivering America’s initial radio newscast. Nobody can properly understand broadcast journalism without reading Stephens’s riveting account of this larger-than-life globetrotting radio legend.
The Voice of America: Lowell Thomas and the Invention of 20th-Century Journalism #ad - Douglas brinkley, professor of history at rice University and author of CronkiteFew Americans today recognize his name, but Lowell Thomas was as well known in his time as any American journalist ever has been. In a prime-time special after thomas died in 1981, Walter Cronkite said that Thomas had “crammed a couple of centuries worth of living” into his eighty-nine years.
War and Peace: FDR's Final Odyssey: D-Day to Yalta, 1943-1945 FDR at War Book 3Houghton Mifflin Harcourt #ad - Just as fdr was proven right by the D-day landings he had championed, so was he found to be mortally ill in the spring of 1944. He was the architect of a victorious peace that he would not live to witness. As fdr's d-day triumph turns to personal tragedy, quebec, and how, in the months left him as US commander in chief, the dying president attempted at Hawaii, we watch with heartbreaking compassion the course of the disease, and Yalta to prepare the United Nations for an American-backed postwar world order.
A first-class, lens-changing work. James N. Mattis, former united states Secretary of Defense Nigel Hamilton's celebrated trilogy culminates with a story of triumph and tragedy. Now we know: even on his deathbed, FDR was the war's great visionary. Seventy-five years after the d-day landings we finally get to see, who was responsible for rescuing, the great American-led invasion of France in June 1944, close-up and in dramatic detail, and insisting upon, and why the invasion was led by Eisenhower.
War and Peace: FDR's Final Odyssey: D-Day to Yalta, 1943-1945 FDR at War Book 3 #ad - Using hitherto unpublished documents and interviews, Hamilton rewrites the famous account of World War II strategy given by Winston Churchill in his memoirs. To mark the 75th anniversary of d-day, the stirring climax to Nigel Hamilton’s three-part saga of FDR at war—proof that he was WWII’s key strategist, even on his deathbed.
The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just NationRandom House #ad - With profound insights and making use of extensive research, Brenda Wineapple dramatically evokes this pivotal period in American history, when the country was rocked by the first-ever impeachment of a sitting American president. And she brings to vivid life the extraordinary characters who brought that impeachment forward: the willful Johnson and his retinue of advocates—including complicated men like Secretary of State William Seward—as well as the equally complicated visionaries committed to justice and equality for all, like Thaddeus Stevens, Charles Sumner, Frederick Douglass, and Ulysses S.
Grant. Congress was divided over how the union should be reunited: when and how the secessionist South should regain full status, whether former Confederates should be punished, and when and whether black men should be given the vote. With the unchecked power of executive orders, promoted white supremacy, pardoned rebel leaders, Johnson ignored Congress, opposed civil rights, and called Reconstruction unnecessary.
The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation #ad - It fell to congress to stop the American president who acted like a king. Teeming with fiery passions and unforgettable characters, The Impeachers will be devoured by contemporary readers seeking enlightenment on this issue. Theirs was a last-ditch, patriotic, fair, and Constitutional effort to render the goals of the Civil War into reality and to make the Union free, and whole.
Praise for the impeachers “in this superbly lyrical work, Brenda Wineapple has plugged a glaring hole in our historical memory through her vivid and sweeping portrayal of President Andrew Johnson’s 1868 impeachment.
The Washington War: FDR's Inner Circle and the Politics of Power That Won World War IIBantam #ad - Based on years of research and extensive, the washington war is the first integrated, comprehensive chronicle of how all these elements—and towering personalities—clashed and ultimately coalesced at each vital turning point, previously untapped archival resources, the definitive account of Washington at real war and the titanic political and bureaucratic infighting that miraculously led to final victory.
A team of rivals for world war ii—the inside story of how FDR and the towering personalities around him waged war in the corridors of Washington, D. C. To secure ultimate victory on the battlefields of Europe and the Pacific. Chiefs of staff, innovators versus entrenched bureaucrats. The almost-adopted strategy to stage D-Day at a fatally different time and place.
The Washington War: FDR's Inner Circle and the Politics of Power That Won World War II #ad - Here are colorful portraits of the great figures—and forgotten geniuses—of the day: New Dealers versus industrialists, political power brokers versus the generals, Churchill and the British high command versus the U. S. Renowned historian james lacey takes readers behind the scenes in the cabinet rooms, and at the pivotal conferences—Campobello Island, Casablanca, the Oval Office, the Pentagon, and Hyde Park, Tehran—as these disputes raged.
. The washington war is the story of how the second world war was fought and won in the capital’s halls of power—and how the United States, which in December 1941 had a nominal army and a decimated naval fleet, was able in only thirty months to fling huge forces onto the European continent and shortly thereafter shatter Imperial Japan’s Pacific strongholds.
American Carnage: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President TrumpHarper #ad - Bush left office with record-low approval ratings and Barack Obama led a Democratic takeover of Washington, Republicans faced a moment of reckoning: They had no vision, no generation of new leaders, and no energy in the party’s base. The factions that emerged—one led by absolutists like Jim Jordan and Ted Cruz, the other led by pragmatists like John Boehner and Mitch McConnell—engaged in a series of devastating internecine clashes and attempted coups for control.
How did a party obsessed with the national debt vote for trillion-dollar deficits and record-setting spending increases? how did the party of compassionate conservatism become the party of Muslim bans and walls? How did the party of family values elect a thrice-divorced philanderer? And, how long can such a party survive? Loaded with exclusive reporting and based off hundreds of interviews—including with key players such as President Trump, and Reince Priebus, most important, Paul Ryan, Ted Cruz, Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Jim DeMint, and many others—American Carnage takes us behind the scenes of this tumultuous period as we’ve never seen it before and establishes Tim Alberta as the premier chronicler of this political era.
American Carnage: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump #ad - . As george W. Trump. The 2016 election was a watershed for the United States. When trump descended a gilded escalator to announce his run in the summer of 2015, the candidate had met the moment. Only by viewing trump as the culmination of a decade-long civil war inside the Republican Party—and of the parallel sense of cultural, socioeconomic, and technological disruption during that period—can we appreciate how he won the White House and consider the fundamental questions at the center of America’s current turmoil.
The Problem of Democracy: The Presidents Adams Confront the Cult of PersonalityViking #ad - When john adams succeeded george Washington as President, his son had already followed him into public service and was stationed in Europe as a diplomat. They held that political participation demanded moral courage. They did not seek popularity it showed. Intellectually, they were what we today call "independents, " reluctant to commit blindly to an organized political party.
They lamented the fact that hero worship in america substituted idolatry for results; and they made it clear that they were talking about Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and Andrew Jackson. Rejection at the polls, each after one term, does not prove that the presidents Adams had erroneous ideas.
The Problem of Democracy: The Presidents Adams Confront the Cult of Personality #ad - . Crisply summarizing the Adamses' legacy, the authors stress principle over partisanship. The wall street journalhow the father and son presidents foresaw the rise of the cult of personality and fought those who sought to abuse the weaknesses inherent in our democracy, from the New York Times bestselling author of White Trash.
John and john quincy adams: rogue intellectuals, unsparing truth-tellers, too uncensored for their own political good. Though they spent many years apart--and as their careers spanned Europe, political philosophy, and their family home south of Boston--they maintained a close bond through extensive letter writing, debating history, Washington DC, and partisan maneuvering.
The problem of democracy is an urgent problem; the father-and-son presidents grasped the perilous psychology of politics and forecast what future generations would have to contend with: citizens wanting heroes to worship and covetous elites more than willing to mislead.
The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal WestSimon & Schuster #ad - This is a revelatory and quintessentially American story, written with David McCullough’s signature narrative energy. In 1788 the first band of pioneers set out from New England for the Northwest Territory under the leadership of Revolutionary War veteran General Rufus Putnam. Drawn in great part from a rare and all-but-unknown collection of diaries and letters by the key figures, The Pioneers is a uniquely American story of people whose ambition and courage led them to remarkable accomplishments.
They and their families created a town in a primeval wilderness, no roads or bridges, fires, while coping with such frontier realities as floods, no guarantees of any sort, wolves and bears, all the while negotiating a contentious and sometimes hostile relationship with the native people. Like so many of mccullough’s subjects, they let no obstacle deter or defeat them.
The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West #ad - A massachusetts minister named Manasseh Cutler was instrumental in opening this vast territory to veterans of the Revolutionary War and their families for settlement. 1 new york times bestseller pulitzer prize–winning historian david mccullough rediscovers an important and dramatic chapter in the American story—the settling of the Northwest Territory by dauntless pioneers who overcame incredible hardships to build a community based on ideals that would come to define our country.
As part of the treaty of paris, illinois, a wilderness empire northwest of the Ohio River containing the future states of Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Britain ceded the land that comprised the immense Northwest Territory, in which Great Britain recognized the new United States of America, and Wisconsin. Mccullough tells the story through five major characters: Cutler and Putnam; Cutler’s son Ephraim; and two other men, one a carpenter turned architect, and the other a physician who became a prominent pioneer in American science.
Included in the northwest ordinance were three remarkable conditions: freedom of religion, free universal education, and most importantly, the prohibition of slavery.