Newsletter   Secure Checkout   Shopping Cart (0 Items)  
Search:    Welcome Guest! Save up to 30-40% on most items with our awesome everyday discounts!

The American Presidents: Critical Essays (Garland Reference Library of the Humanities) [Hardcover]

By Melvin I. Urofsky (Editor)
Our Price $ 143.50  
Retail Value $ 205.00  
You Save $ 61.50  (30%)  
Item Number 139083  
Buy New $143.50
Out Of Stock!
Currently Out Of Stock
Currently unavailable...

Garland Reference Library of the Humanities - Full Series Preview
Image Title Price Stock Qty Add To Cart
  Literatura chicana, 1965-1995: An Anthology in Spanish, English, and Calo (Garland Reference Library of the Humanities)   $ 53.41   In Stock  

Item description for The American Presidents: Critical Essays (Garland Reference Library of the Humanities) by Melvin I. Urofsky...

What makes a president great?
Here is the ideal source for students, scholars, and the general public. "The American Presidents" is a collection of articles that analyze and evaluate the presidential careers of the men who have occupied the office since its inception in 1789. In this volume, the leading presidential historians in the United States offer insights into what makes a president great, mediocre, or--in the case of most of them--something in between.
The contributors to "The American Presidents" were not asked to write straightforward biographies of the presidents; other sources are available for that. Rather, they were asked to evaluate their subjects. No strict patterns were imposed by the editor; each author approached his or her subject in the way that best illustrated the strengths and weaknesses of the president under consideration.
Forty-one have held the office of president and all, in one way or another, were exceptional men. Some, like Andrew Jackson and Harry Truman, are usually thought of as representing the "common folk," but nothing was common about either of them. Each proved to be an extraordinary and singular politician able to rally and represent the country through the challenges of their times.
Some presidents had achieved brilliance in other fields (Ulysses Grant in the military and Herbert Hoover as an engineer and humanitarian, for example) but had presidencies that are considered unsuccessful. What accounts for this seeming paradox, in which insight, sensitivity, and competence suddenly become "nontransferable" when the man reaches the White House? This book offers the reader multiple perspectives on this and other issues.
Examination of the ways in which challenges affect presidential greatness
Theodore Roosevelt, a successful president by any standard, was acutely aware that the prosperity and peace the country enjoyed during his two terms in office would, ironically, prevent him from reaching the upper tier of greatness enjoyed by Washington and Lincoln. After he left office, he yearned to return in hope of finding the challenge that would seal his greatness. Earlier, in the late nineteenth century, the electorate placed competent men such as Rutherford B. Hayes, Grover Cleveland, and Benjamin Harrison in the White House, but they are little remembered today. None faced earth-shaking challenges at home and abroad, and their presidencies slipped into obscurity.
Discussion of personal characteristics and presidential performance
For more than two centuries the presidency has proved a remarkably durable institution. Presidential personalities have varied widely from the patrician aloofness of Washington to the moody introspection of Lincoln to the noisy exuberance of Theodore Roosevelt. The articles in"The American Presidents" consider the ways in which personality has affected performance.
Special features
*41 signed essays by the leading experts, illustrated with portraits of the presidents
*Selected bibliographies
*At-a-glance summaries of each president's achievements
*Useful charts and tables on cabinet members, first ladies, and vice presidents from Washington to Clinton
*Addresses and Web sites for major presidential libraries.

Citations And Professional Reviews
The American Presidents: Critical Essays (Garland Reference Library of the Humanities) by Melvin I. Urofsky has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Reference and Research Bk News - 11/01/2000 page 37
  • American Reference Bks Annual - 01/01/2001 page 325

Promise Angels is dedicated to bringing you great books at great prices. Whether you read for entertainment, to learn, or for literacy - you will find what you want at!

Item Specifications...

Studio: Routledge
Pages   530
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.26" Width: 7.37" Height: 1.38"
Weight:   2.8 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2000
Publisher   Routledge
Edition  New  
ISBN  0815321848  
ISBN13  9780815321842  

Availability  0 units.

More About Melvin I. Urofsky

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Melvin I. Urofsky is a professor of history at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. The author and editor of more than two dozen books and over one hundred articles, he edited the multi-volume Letters of Louis D. Brandeis(1972-1978) with David W. Levy. he is also the author of The Supreme Court Justices: A Biographical Dictionary(Garland, 1994) and of Division and Discord: The Supreme Court under Stone and Vinson, 1941-1953 (1997).

Melvin I. Urofsky currently resides in Richmond, in the state of Virginia. Melvin I. Urofsky has an academic affiliation as follows - Virginia Commonwealth University.

Are You The Artisan or Author behind this product?
Improve our customers experience by registering for an Artisan Biography Center Homepage.

Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Biographies & Memoirs > General
2Books > Subjects > Biographies & Memoirs
3Books > Subjects > History > Americas > General
4Books > Subjects > History > Americas > United States > General
5Books > Subjects > History > Americas > United States
6Books > Subjects > History > Historical Study > Reference
7Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Government > Federal Government
8Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Politics > General
9Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Politics > Leadership
10Books > Subjects > Reference > General
11Books > Subjects > Reference

Reviews - What do customers think about The American Presidents: Critical Essays (Garland Reference Library of the Humanities)?

An essential, core, benchmark reference title  Feb 2, 2001
The American Presidents presents a comprehensive collection of highly informative articles analyzing and evaluating the presidential careers of the men who have occupied the office since its inception in 1789 down to the present day. The contributors consider the nature of presidential greatness, examine the ways in which challenges affected presidential greatness, and discuss personal characteristics and presidential performance. Very ably edited by Melvin I. Urofsky, The American Presidents is an essential, core, benchmark reference title for students of American political history, the American presidency, and political science studies.

Write your own review about The American Presidents: Critical Essays (Garland Reference Library of the Humanities)

Ask A Question or Provide Feedback regarding The American Presidents: Critical Essays (Garland Reference Library of the Humanities)

Item Feedback and Product Questions
For immediate assistance call 888.395.0572 during the hours of 10am thru 8pm EST Monday thru Friday and a customer care representative will be happy to help you!

Help us continuously improve our service by reporting your feedback or questions below:

I have a question regarding this product
The information above is incorrect or conflicting
The page has misspellings or incorrect grammar
The page did not load correctly in my browser or created an error.

Email Address:
Anti Spam Question. To combat spammers we require that you answer a simple question.
What color is the sky?
Leave This Blank :
Do Not Change This Text :

Add This Product Widget To Your Website

Looking to add this information to your own website? Then use our Product Widget to allow you to display product information in a frame that is 120 pixels wide by 240 pixels high.

    Copy and paste the following HTML into your website and enjoy!

Order toll-free weekdays 10am thru 10pm EST by phone: 1-888-395-0572 (Lines are closed on holidays & weekends.)
Customer Service | My Account | Track My Orders | Return Policy | Request Free Catalog | Email Newsletter

Gift Certificates
RSS Feeds
About Us
Contact Us
Terms Of Use
Privacy Policy