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U.S. Presidents For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-118-06864-9
408 pages
May 2011
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Part I: Examining the Office and the Officeholders.

Chapter 1: Presidents and the Presidency.

Chapter 2: Presidential Rankings and Evaluations.

Part II: Starting with Known Quantities: Washington to John Quincy Adams.

Chapter 3: Starting Well with George Washington.

Chapter 4: The Authoritarian and the Philosopher: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.

Chapter 5: Prominent but Ineffective: Madison, Monroe, and John Quincy Adams.

Part III: Enduring the Best and the Worst: Jackson to Buchanan.

Chapter 6: Standing Firm: Andrew Jackson.

Chapter 7: Forgettable: Van Buren, William Henry Harrison, and Tyler.

Chapter 8: Dreaming of California: James K. Polk.

Chapter 9: Working Up to the Civil War: Taylor, Fillmore, Pierce, and Buchanan.

Part IV: Becoming a Force in the World: Lincoln to Hoover.

Chapter 10: Preserving the Union: Abraham Lincoln.

Chapter 11: Reconstructing the Country: Johnson, Grant, and Hayes.

Chapter 12: Closing Out the Century: Garfield, Arthur, Cleveland, and Benjamin Harrison.

Chapter 13: Influencing the World: McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, and Taft.

Chapter 14: Protecting Democracy: Woodrow Wilson.

Chapter 15: Roaring through the '20s with Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover.

Part V: Instituting the Imperial Presidency: Franklin Roosevelt to Richard Nixon.

Chapter 16: Boosting the Country and Bringing Back Beer: Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Chapter 17: Stopping the Buck at Harry Truman.

Chapter 18: Liking Ike: Dwight David Eisenhower.

Chapter 19: Fulfilling Family Expectations: John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

Chapter 20: Fighting for Might and Right: Lyndon Johnson.

Chapter 21: Covering Up: Richard Nixon.

Part VI: Changing the Dynamics: Gerald Ford to George W. Bush.

Chapter 22: The Career Politician and the Peanut Farmer: Ford and Carter.

Chapter 23: A Starring Role for Ronald Reagan.

Chapter 24: Acting Out: George Bush and Bill Clinton.

Chapter 25: Getting the Call: George W. Bush.

Part VII: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 26: The Ten Best Presidents.

Chapter 27: The Ten Worst Presidents.

Chapter 28: Ten Presidential Libraries Worth Visiting.

Appendix: Presidential Facts.

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