Acting Presidents: 100 Years of Plays about the Presidency

Hardcover | December 15, 2010

byBruce E. Altschuler, Bruce E Altschuler

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Although films about the presidency have been a popular subject for analysis, there is no equivalent literature about plays that portray chief executives. This book fills that gap by examining in detail about 50 plays depicting historical, fictional and even musical presidents. It explains how, as the public's trust in government has declined, the heroic presidents of the first half of the twentieth century have been replaced on stage by such antiheroes as Nixon and Harding.

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 Although films about the presidency have been a popular subject for analysis, there is no equivalent literature about plays that portray chief executives. This book fills that gap by examining in detail about 50 plays depicting historical, fictional and even musical presidents. It explains how, as the public's trust in government has ...

Bruce E. Altschuler is Professor of Political Science at SUNY Oswego. He is the author or co-author of four books, including LBJ and the Polls and Running in Place: A Campaign Journal, as well as numerous articles for journals such as Public Opinion Quarterly, Journal of Supreme Court History, Presidential Studies Quarterly, and White...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 8.52 × 5.62 × 0.62 inPublished:December 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230110177

ISBN - 13:9780230110175

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Plays About Lincoln * Other Heroic Presidents * The President as Antihero * Fictional Presidents * Musical Presidents

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“If you are interested in the theater, in presidents, and in American culture, you’ll be fascinated by this masterly treatment of plays about American presidents. Altschuler covers drama, musicals, satires, and every other genre, and unearths little known gems as well as analyzing Broadway and off-Broadway hits. After reading Altschuler, you’ll be well equipped to understand how plays about presidents illuminate our politics, and if you are interested in specific presidents, especially Lincoln, FDR, LBJ, and Nixon, you’ll gain new insights from the plays that Altschuler has collected. This is a pathbreaking work of immense value to anyone who reads about or writes about the presidency.”--Richard M. Pious, Adolph and Effie Ochs Professor of American Studies, Barnard CollegeSUNY Oswego's Campus Update review and interview with the author: http://www.oswego.edu/news/index.php/campusupdate/story/stage_presidents