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Lewis Cass and the Politics of Moderation

by Willard Carl Klunder

Drawing upon Lewis Cass's voluminous private papers, correspondence, and published works, Willard Carl Klunder provides the first comprehensive biography of the man who was the Democratic spokesman for the Old...


Tyranny of Consensus: Discourse and Dissent in American National Security Policy

by Janne E. Nolan

Why does the most highly advanced industrial country, commanding unparalleled access to vast sources of global intelligence and information, seem to so often miscalculate the realities and risks of its foreign...


The Cross and Reaganomics: Conservative Christians Defending Ronald Reagan

by Eric R. Crouse

The Cross and Reaganomics: Conservative Christians Defending Ronald Reagan, by Eric R. Crouse, offers important insights on why Reaganomics was a major reason conservative Christians supported Reagan at the...


Essays on the Presidents: Principles and Politics

by Paul F. Boller

This collection of essays by Dr. Paul F. Boller Jr. shares the humorous, intriguing, and little-known or widely misunderstood aspects of the American presidency. Personality—of the most interesting presidents...


Zones of Twilight: Wartime Presidential Powers and Federal Court Decision Making

by Amanda DiPaolo

Zones of Twilight examines how the federal courts decide wartime cases when rights are limited, arguing that the courts do not use rights-based language but instead decide cases emphasizing the institutional...


Fear, Power, and Politics: The Recipe for War in Iraq after 9/11

by Mary Cardaras

The book explores the dynamic and dysfunctional relationships between the executive and legislative branches of government and the news media after the attacks of September 11, 2001. Their collective behavior...


Presidential Leadership and the Creation of the American Era

by Joseph S., Jr. Nye

This book examines the foreign policy decisions of the presidents who presided over the most critical phases of America's rise to world primacy in the twentieth century, and assesses the effectiveness and ethics...


Take Up Your Pen: Unilateral Presidential Directives in American Politics

by Graham G. Dodds

Graham G. Dodds explores the constitutional and historical development of unilateral presidential directives—the ability of presidents to bypass the legislative process and set public policy via their own...


War Powers: The Politics of Constitutional Authority

by Mariah Zeisberg

Armed interventions in Libya, Haiti, Iraq, Vietnam, and Korea challenged the US president and Congress with a core question of constitutional interpretation: does the president, or Congress, have constitutional...


Presidents and the Dissolution of the Union: Leadership Style from Polk to Lincoln

by Fred I. Greenstein & Dale Anderson

The United States witnessed an unprecedented failure of its political system in the mid-nineteenth century, resulting in a disastrous civil war that claimed the lives of an estimated 750,000 Americans. In his...


Historical Dictionary of the Carter Era

by Diane Kaufman & Scott Kaufman

The Historical Dictionary of the Carter Era covers the history of the Carter presidency through a chronology, an introductory essay, appendixes, an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has several...


Why Presidents Fail: White House Decision Making from Eisenhower to Bush II

by Richard M. Pious

Why Presidents Fail takes a fresh look at cases that became defining events in presidencies from Dwight D. Eisenhower through George W. Bush and uses these cases to draw generalizations about presidential power,...


Stagecraft and Statecraft: Advance and Media Events in Political Communication

by Dan Schill

This book examines media events and advance in political communication from Kennedy through Obama by exploring the way media events are conceived and staged, the strategy and tactics advance staffers use to...


Barack Obama and the New America: The 2012 Election and the Changing Face of Politics

by Larry J. Sabato, James Campbell & Alan Abramowitz

Larry Sabato, one of the leading experts in American politics, has brought together respected journalists and academics from across the political spectrum to examine every facet of the 2012 election, and what...


Thinking about the Presidency: The Primacy of Power

by William G. Howell & David Milton Brent

All American presidents, past and present, have cared deeply about power--acquiring, protecting, and expanding it. While individual presidents obviously have other concerns, such as shaping policy or building...


An Empire of Ideals: The Chimeric Imagination of Ronald Reagan

by Justin D. Garrison

Justin D. Garrison provides an original and groundbreaking analysis of Ronald Reagan's imagination as it was expressed mainly in his presidential speeches. He argues that the predominant strain of Reagan's...


Presidential Campaigns and Presidential Accountability

by Michele P. Claibourn

In investigating the presidential campaigns and early administrations of Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton, Presidential Campaigns and Presidential Accountability shows how campaign promises are...


Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union

by David Swanson

Daybreak is a thorough investigation of how Bush/Cheney altered the way American government works and deteriorated the Constitution and Bill of Rights. It includes clear plans for how we may reclaim democracy,...


The Clinton Presidency and the Constitutional System

by Rosanna Perotti

Presidential scholars, former and current policymakers, and a former president bring varied insights and analyses to consider the impact, influence, and legacy of the presidency of William Jefferson Clinton,...


The President Electric: Ronald Reagan and the Politics of Performance

by Timothy Raphael

"In this illuminating, multi-pronged cultural and performance history of such phenomena as Chautauqua and radio, movies, and electrical technology, Timothy Raphael puts together a compelling and sometimes revelatory...