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Hail to the Chief: The Making and Unmaking of American Presidents

Dallek, Robert

ISBN 10: 078686205X / ISBN 13: 9780786862054
Published by Hyperion, 1996
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Blue paper with blue quarter-cloth, in black and white jacket with brown and blue titles, 8vo. 1st printing. xxi+232pp. Index, sources. Fine/Fine. Book and jacket are as new: bright, tight, sharp and unmarked. In Brodart. Neither remainder nor ex-lib. Bookseller Inventory # 007629

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Title: Hail to the Chief: The Making and Unmaking ...

Publisher: Hyperion

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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An analysis of the history of the U.S. presidency details the lives of each president and looks at why some have become national heroes while others have faded into historical obscurity, revealing five qualities that successful presidents have typically brought to the Oval Office. Tour.


Gerald Ford once said, "We have not an imperial Presidency; we have an imperiled Presidency." In recent years, presidents have bemoaned the red tape, complained about the limitations of the position, and even lambasted the press for the ineffectiveness of the office. In Hail to the Chief, Robert Dallek argues that the institution of the Presidency is blamed too often for the shortcomings of its occupants. Character, he says, is what makes Abraham Lincoln stand out from Millard Fillmore, or Franklin Delano Roosevelt overshadow Jimmy Carter. Stellar presidents, he maintains, possess vision, pragmatism, persuasiveness, charisma, and credibility--qualities that a great majority of our nation's leaders have sorely lacked.

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