Presidential Studies Quarterly

Presidential Studies Quarterly is a quarterly newsletter on the subject of citizenship. Presidential Studies Quarterly is written by the Center for the Study of the Presidency and published by Sage Publications, Inc., in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Articles from Vol. 43, No. 1, March

American Caesars: Lives of the Presidents from Franklin Roosevelt to George W. Bush
American Caesars: Lives of the Presidents from Franklin Roosevelt to George W. Bush. By Nigel Hamilton. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2010. 595 pp. Nigel Hamilton's American Caesars takes Suetonius's Twelve Caesars as its classical model....
Charismatic Rhetoric in the 2008 Presidential Campaign: Commonalities and Differences
The 2008 presidential election will no doubt be remembered as the one that saw the first African American elevated to the office of president; the then-junior U.S. senator from Illinois, Barack Obama. Somewhat surprisingly, however, is that candidate...
Congress and Harry S. Truman: A Conflicted Legacy
Congress and Harry S. Truman: A Conflicted Legacy. Edited by Donald A. Ritchie. Kirksville, MO: Truman State University Press, 2011. 209 pp. The subtitle of this collection of essays is certainly appropriate. Participants at the Seventh Truman Legacy...
First Family: Abigail and John Adams
First Family: Abigail and John Adams. By Joseph J. Ellis. New York: Vintage Books, 2010. 299 pp. Joseph Ellis's latest book on one of the most famous marriages in American history shares much in common with his previous work. It is well written...
Going Home to Glory: A Memoir of Life with Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961-1969
Going Home to Glory: A Memoir of Life with Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961-1969. By David Eisenhower with Julie Nixon Eisenhower. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2010. 323pp. President Eisenhower's public life has been thoroughly examined by historians,...
Haunting Legacy: Vietnam and the American Presidency from Ford to Obama
Haunting Legacy: Vietnam and the American Presidency from Ford to Obama. By Marvin Kalb and Deborah Kalb. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, 2011. 355 pp. Thirty-seven years after the last American helicopter flew away from the U.S. Embassy...
How Governors Built the Modern American Presidency
How Governors Built the Modern American Presidency. By Saladin M. Ambar. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012. 184 pp. If only Saladin Ambar's small, elegantly written book was available years ago. I needed it when, as a Fulbrighter...
Lobbying the New President: Interests in Transition
Lobbying the New President: Interests in Transition. By Heath Brown. New York: Routledge/Taylor and Francis, 2012. 206 pp. Managing the transition of power from one president to the next is a major undertaking, and not always a smooth one. Heath...
Polls and Elections: The New Deal Realignment in Real Time
American politics in the 1930s underwent an electoral realignment, traces of which can still be felt today. The Great Depression was the proximate cause that toppled the Republicans as the dominant party, a status it had enjoyed in national politics...
Prelude to Catastrophe: FDR's Jews and the Menace of Nazism
Prelude to Catastrophe: FDR's Jews and the Menace of Nazism. By Robert Shogan. Chicago, IL: Ivan R. Dee, 2010. 312 pp. In Prelude to Catastrophe: FDR's Jews and the Menace of Nazism, Robert Shogan critiques the failure of American Jewish leaders...
Presidential Position Taking and the Puzzle of Representation
The president's representational responsibilities are unique and varied. Because a national constituency elects the president, the centrist model of representation contends that presidents must respond to and lead the entire nation. Woodrow Wilson...
Scandal and Silence: Media Responses to Presidential Misconduct
Scandal and Silence: Media Responses to Presidential Misconduct. By Robert M. Entman. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2012. 269 pp. In his latest book, Robert Entman is fixated on scandals that never materialized. Contending that American journalists have...
The Chameleon President: The Curious Case of George W. Bush
The Chameleon President: The Curious Case of George W. Bush. By Clarke Rountree. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2012. 287 pp. In this often puzzling book, Clarke Rountree seeks to place President George W. Bush, "one of the most confounding politicians...
The Contemporary Presidency: Civil-Military Friction and Presidential Decision Making: Explaining the Broken Dialogue
In the 2010 bestselling book, Obama's Wars, Bob Woodward recounts President Barack Obama's friction with his military chain of command as he sought options for ending the war in Afghanistan. (1) Woodward paints a compelling picture of a frustrated...
The Educational Legacy of Woodrow Wilson: From College to Nation
The Educational Legacy of Woodrow Wilson: From College to Nation. Edited by James Axtell. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012. 267 pp. In The Educational Legacy of Woodrow Wilson, James Axtell has collected nine essays, one from...
The Historical Presidency: The Development of Unilateral Power and the Problem of the Power to Warn: Washington through McKinley
Now, Therefore, I, John E Kennedy, President of the United States, under and by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, including Chapter 15 of Title 10 of the United States Code, particularly sections...
The Invisible Presidential Appointments: An Examination of Appointments to the Department of Labor, 2001-11
The George W. Bush administration was plagued with allegations that its appointees politicized the bureaucracy. Critics charged that presidential appointees injected ideology into apolitical decisions at the Departments of Justice (DOJ) and Interior,...
The Law: Obama's Executive Privilege and Holder's Contempt: "Operation Fast and Furious"
In his first use of executive privilege, President Barack Obama on June 20, 2012, denied Congress access to documents related to the "Fast and Furious" operation carried out by the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) agency. The program permitted...
The Long Pursuit: Abraham Lincoln's Thirty-Year Struggle with Stephen Douglas for the Heart and Soul of America
The Long Pursuit: Abraham Lincoln's Thirty-Year Struggle with Stephen Douglas for the Heart and Soul of America. By Roy Morris, Jr. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2010. 272 pp. Roy Morris Jr.'s The Long Pursuit twines together the unexpected...
The Paradox of President Reagan's Leadership
Ronald Reagan was a larger-than-life individual, a formidable politician, and an important president. But as in all presidents, his character was complex, resulting in a presidency of paradoxes, marked by some great successes and some unfortunate failures....
The Public Presidency and Disciplinary Presumptions
Doug Arnold (1982) distinguished between "overtilled" and "undertilled" areas of research in American politics. His purpose was to encourage a reallocation of scholarly labor from extensively studied areas with low and diminishing yields of new knowledge...
What's So Sinister about Presidential Signing Statements?
In 1830, Andrew Jackson signed into law an appropriations bill that, among other things, provided funds to construct a road from Detroit to Chicago. After signing the bill into law, Jackson wrote a special message to Congress indicating that he had...

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