Applying the lessons of presidential history, this anthology of case studies—written by leading political scientists, historians, and subject matter experts—delves into the many facets of the presidency and promotes a greater understanding of the presidency for policymakers, academics, students, and general readers alike.
Abraham Lincoln once said, "Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history." One hundred and fifty years later, this statement remains true: the lessons of history are increasingly important at a time of political deadlock and growing skepticism of leadership among the American public. An established classic in its field, Triumphs and Tragedies of the Modern Presidency underscores the importance of looking back to set an intelligent course for the future and promotes a better understanding of the U.S. presidency. This updated and revised second edition offers rare insights on presidential leadership since 2001 and adds considerable new information related to inter-term transitions.
The case studies in this single-volume work cover an unparalleled scope of "modern presidential history" and related topics, beginning with the presidency of Franklin Roosevelt and continuing to the presidency of Barack Obama. Examples of the events and subject matter of the case studies include the interstate transport system, the building of the social safety net, the civil rights movement, the space program, environmental protection, education reform, the IT revolution, energy policy, the budget, economic policy, foreign policy, national security, defense policy, and presidential scandals. Each case study highlights a historical lesson and is authored by a different political scientist, historian, or subject matter expert, offering readers a multidisciplinary examination of the presidency.
- Provides a breadth of perspectives on the many facets of the president's role and powers from leading political scientists, historians, and subject-matter experts
- Offers case studies that provide readers with an unparalleled scope of presidential history and topics
- Includes a section devoted to an analysis of the first 100 days of each of these presidents
- Promotes transformational leadership in the presidency
"For this presidential election year, this book presents an illuminating and timely update."
"Churchill once said that he who can see farther back can see farther ahead. And so it is with the modern presidency. The new president who takes office in January 2017—along with an accompanying team—will face a multitude of tough challenges. They will all see farther ahead by reading this valuable new book, Triumphs and Tragedies of the Modern Presidency. Once again, the Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress deserves a hearty salute."
"Robert Penn Warren once observed that 'history cannot give us a program for the future, but it can give us a fuller understanding of ourselves, and of our common humanity, so that we can better face the future.' This insightful CSPC anthology is testament to that—using engaging case studies from presidencies past to inform and inspire the policymakers of tomorrow."
"When facing crisis, our leaders can often forget the valuable lessons of history and the solutions they suggest. Triumphs and Tragedies of the Modern Presidency is an important resource for both policymakers and citizens to better understand the highest office in the land, the men who have occupied it, and the presidency’s role in Washington, at home, and abroad."