The Ferocious Engine of Democracy: A History of the American Presidency (Volume 1)

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I very much enjoyed reading The Ferocious Engine of Democracy, and I'm grateful to know of Riccards' perspective on the presidency.—Bill Clinton

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Michael P. Riccards is president of Fitchburg State College in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. He is the author of several books, including A Republic If You Can Keep It: The Foundations of the American Presidency, 1700-1800 (Greenwood Press, 1987).

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. . . the topic is too important to be left only to the professionals . . . valuable reading . . . can draw the reader into further exploring the evolution of the chief executive. (Ambler Gazette)

Thisisaremarkable work that captures the changes in the office wrenched by its occupants. Riccards organizes his history into five models and illustrates each with anarrative that is both judicious in regard to the evaluation of individual presidents and penetrating in terms of discerning significant trends both in the office and in American society. It is a very safe bet that The Ferocious Engine of Democracy will become the definitive history of the American presidency. (Philip Abbott, Wayne State University)

A learned but nimble and astute survey, suitable for large collections. (Booklist)

Riccards . . . viewsthe U.S. presidency as a prism through which American politics and culture is reflected . . .The chronological and comprehensive presentation make the two volumes a handy reference book for most general libraries. Riccards writes very well, knows how to tell an interesting story, and is judicious in his evaluations. Stronglyrecommended for all libraries. (Library Journal)

Riccardsbringsthe excitement of presidential politics and governance to life. He provides the historical context necessary for our students to understand how the presidency has evolved and how it has transformed American democracy. (Richard M. Pious, Professor, Barnard College and the Graduate Faculties of Columbia University)

Itsreadabilityand coherence flow easily. It is an effective and worthwhile overview of those who have occupied the loftiest and most respected post on the globe for the last couple hundred years. (Charleston Gazette)

I very much enjoyed reading The Ferocious Engine of Democracy, and I'm grateful to know of Riccard's perspective on the presidency. (Bill Clinton, President of the United States of America)

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