The first title in a new imprint that pairs expert political analysis with rich historical news coverage, The New York Times on the Presidency is a fascinating new reference book that uses nearly 150 years of New York Times' reporting to explore the dynamic nature of the presidency in the American political system.
"This documentary examination of presidential history stretches more than 29 administrations from Franklin Pierce to George W. Bush. This 156 year period has witnessed an extraordinary growth of the Executive Branch and the power of the presidency. Presidential scholar Meena Bose selects nearly 500 documents to illustrate these changes from the expansion of the military during the Civil War to the extension of executive privileges in the wake of 9/11. The articles are arranged chronologically by presidential administration. Each chapter provides quick facts on the life of the president, a summary of the major issues of his campaigns and highlights of his tenure in office. Critical commentary on each document explains its historical context. The selection includes speeches, news reports, editorials and letters to the editor. From Lincoln?s Emancipation Proclamation and reactions to Woodrow Wilson?s 'revolutionary' appearance before Congress to frets about 1929 stock market crash and anguish over Kennedy?s assassination, the entries illuminate critical points in the development of the presidency and its relationship with Congress, the courts and the public. The result is a powerful tool for understanding American political history. A detailed index linking issues and a selective bibliography of additional readings on each administration fill out this useful resource for students. This volume is recommended for high school, public and academic libraries."
--Lawrence Looks at Books, May 2009
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