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The American presidents
Whitney, David C.
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Ninth edition.
Publication Information:
Pleasantville, N.Y. : Reader's Digest Association, 2001.
Physical Description:
ix, 631 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
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Includes index.
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The American Presidency is at once the strongest and the weakest point in our democratic system and the most powerful office in the world. It has been held by forty-two men, each of whom, whether dull or flamboyant, virtuous or corrupt, humble or imperial, capable or inept, has interpreted his constitutional power and responded to the imperatives of history in his own way.

Author Notes

The late David C. Whitney was an author of American history. His books include Founders of Freedom, The American Legacy, Two Dynamic Decades, and The People of the Revolution: Colonial Spirit of '76

Table of Contents

Forewordp. v
George Washingtonp. 1
John Adamsp. 17
Thomas Jeffersonp. 26
James Madisonp. 39
James Monroep. 47
John Quincy Adamsp. 55
Andrew Jacksonp. 62
Martin Van Burenp. 77
William Henry Harrisonp. 84
John Tylerp. 89
James Knox Polkp. 94
Zachary Taylorp. 100
Millard Fillmorep. 106
Franklin Piercep. 111
James Buchananp. 119
Abraham Lincolnp. 126
Andrew Johnsonp. 142
Ulysses S. Grantp. 150
Rutherford B. Hayesp. 157
James A. Garfieldp. 164
Chester A. Arthurp. 170
Grover Clevelandp. 175
Benjamin Harrisonp. 189
William McKinleyp. 196
Theodore Rooseveltp. 204
William Howard Taftp. 217
Woodrow Wilsonp. 224
Warren Gamaliel Hardingp. 239
Calvin Coolidgep. 250
Herbert Clark Hooverp. 258
Franklin Delano Rooseveltp. 267
Harry S Trumanp. 278
Dwight David Eisenhowerp. 291
John Fitzgerald Kennedyp. 302
Lyndon Baines Johnsonp. 314
Richard Milhous Nixonp. 328
Gerald Rudolph Fordp. 364
Jimmy Carterp. 383
Ronald Reaganp. 410
George Herbert Walker Bushp. 433
William Jefferson Clintonp. 460
George W. Bushp. 499
Key Facts About the Presidentsp. 511
First Ladies and Wives of the Presidentsp. 514
Vice Presidentsp. 517
Presidential Electionsp. 520
Cabinets and Leading Officialsp. 525
Political Control of Congress: 1789-2003p. 553
Presidents of Congress: 1774 to 1789p. 562
The Making of the Presidencyp. 563
Presidential Historic Sitesp. 582
Indexp. 603