The Power of the American Presidency: 1789-2000

Paperback | August 1, 2000

byMichael A. Genovese

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In its more than 200-year history, the office of the President of the United States has undergone a variety of dramatic changes. Because our founding fathers left the privileges and responsibilities of the job constitutionally vague and ill-defined, each occupant of the office--from GeorgeWashington to Bill Clinton--has tried to set the limits of presidential power as he has seen fit based on the domestic and international circumstances of the day as well as on his own ambition and abilities. In The Power of the American Presidency, Michael A. Genovese, one of the best known andrespected scholars on the presidency, takes students on a journey through the personalities and politics of some of the most fascinating and at times powerful men in American history. Organized chronologically, the text offers an overview of the evolution and elasticity of presidential power byproviding case studies of each president's personal characteristics and the defining historical events of each administration. From Abraham Lincoln, who stretched the boundaries of presidential power during the Civil War, to nearly forgotten presidents like Van Buren, Garfield, and Fillmore, who ledweak administrations with limited power, Genovese presents the history of our country's highest office with insight, balanced judgment, and humor. The Power of the American Presidency will be widely used in undergraduate courses on the American Presidency as well as in courses on American history,American studies, and political science. It will also be of interest to anyone who wishes to gain a keener insight into the workings of the presidency.

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In its more than 200-year history, the office of the President of the United States has undergone a variety of dramatic changes. Because our founding fathers left the privileges and responsibilities of the job constitutionally vague and ill-defined, each occupant of the office--from GeorgeWashington to Bill Clinton--has tried to set th...

Michael A. Genovese is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Institute for Leadership Studies at Loyola Marymount University.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:August 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195125452

ISBN - 13:9780195125450

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Table of Contents

Preface1. "A Republic, If You Can Keep IT"2. The Foundational Presidency: George Washington to John Quincy Adams3. Democratization to Decline/Crisis to Enlargement: Andrw Jackson to Abraham Lincoln4. Reaction and Shrinking/The World Stage and Enlargement: Andrew Jackson to Woodrow Wilson5. Republicanizatin and Retreat/Crisis and the Creation of the 'Modern' Presidency: Warren Harding to FDR6. The Cold War/Heroic Presidency: Harry S. Truman to John F. Kennedy7. An Imperial to an Imperiled Presidency: LBJ to Ronald Reagan8. The Post Cold War Paradox: George Bush to Bill Clinton9. Conclusion: The Presidency in the New MillenniumAppendixSelected BibliographyIndex

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"Michael Genovese's The Power of the American Presidency is a pungently written and balanced overview of the development of the American presidency over the past two centuries. Genovese puts into perspective the shifting constitutional balance as well as the idiosyncratic personalities of allforty-two of our presidents. If you want a bird's eye view of the presidency, this is your book. The perfect antidote for students who "don't know much about history."--James P. Pfiffner, George Mason University