Greatness in the White House: Rating the Presidents

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INTRODUCTION
Richard E. Neustadt, Presidential Power: The Politics of Leadership, with Reflections on Johnson and Nixon ( New York: Wiley and Son, 1976), p. 185
Sidney Hyman, "The Qualities That Make a President", New York Times Magazine, December 1, 1963, p. 23.
Neustadt, Presidential Power, p. 35.
Clinton Rossiter, The American Presidency, rev. ed. ( New York: Harcourt Brace and World, 1960), pp. 15-16, 108.
Such studies include Gary M. Maranell, "The Evaluation of Presidents: An Extension of the Schlesinger Polls", Journal of American History, vol. 57, no. 1 ( June 1970), pp. 104- 113; Dean Keith Simonton, "Presidential Greatness and Performance: Can We Predict Leadership in the White House?" Journal of Personality, vol. 49, no. 3 ( September 1981), pp. 306-;323; H. W. Wendt and P. C. Light, "Measuring 'Greatness' in American Presidents: Model Case of International Research on Political Leadership"? European Journal of Social Psychology, vol. 6 ( 1976), pp. 105-109; Thomas E. Kynerd, "An Analysis of Presidential Greatness and 'President Rating",' Southern Quarterly, vol. 9 ( 1971), pp. 304-;329. Political science professor James David Barber has also worked in this general field of assessing presidential leadership and character.
Kristen Monroe, Presidential Popularity and the Economy ( New York: Praeger P0blishers, 1984).
Ibid., pp. 162, 174-183, 187-204.
George C. Edwards III and Stephen J. Wayne, Presidential Leadership: Politics and Policy Making ( New York: St. Martin's Press, 1985); George C. Edwards III and Stephen J. Wayne , eds., Studying the Presidency ( Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1983).
In recent years, there has been a growing minority of American historians who see limitations in this "presidential synthesis" view of American history and have seriously sought an end to it.
See the examples already cited in note 5 above.
Thomas E. Cronin, The State of the Presidency ( Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1975), p. 10, quoting Cochran.

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Only the polls involving the rating of presidents by professional historians concern us here.
Life, November 1, 1948, pp. 65-66, 68, 73-74.

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