The Evolving Presidency: Landmark Documents, 1787-2008, 3rd Edition

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This fascinating collection of 50 primary source documents offers a compact yet broad-based look at the development of the executive office. Judicious editing and contextual headnotes give students a look at the personalities and ideas that have shaped the institution, as well as insight into significant cases and events that have played pivotal roles in American political history. Based on extensive feedback from users, the third edition includes new selections that feature both historical and recent pieces from FDR s court-packing speech to Hamdan v. Rumsfeld case dramatically showing students how presidents chart U.S. history.

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Michael Nelson teaches courses on U.S. politics, presidency, and the Constitutional Convention at Rhodes College. In addition, he participates in the college's humanities course: The Search for Values in the Light of Western History and Religion. Before coming to Rhodes in 1991, he taught at Vanderbilt University for thirteen years and was the editor of The Washington Monthly. His most recent books are The Presidency and the Political System, 8th ed. (2006), The Elections of 2004 (2005), The Evolving Presidency, 2nd ed. (2004), The American Presidency: Origins and Development, 1776-2002, 4th ed. (with Sidney M. Milkis, 2003), Governing Gambling: Politics and Policy in State, Tribe, and Nation (with John Lyman Mason, 2001), and Celebrating the Humanities: A Half Century of the Search Course at Rhodes College (1996).

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