Presidential Performance: A Comprehensive Review Max J. Skidmore

ISBN: 9780786418206

Published: May 1st 2004

Paperback

411 pages


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Presidential Performance: A Comprehensive Review  by  Max J. Skidmore

Presidential Performance: A Comprehensive Review by Max J. Skidmore
May 1st 2004 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 411 pages | ISBN: 9780786418206 | 5.59 Mb

Presidential rankings emerged in 1948 when Life Magazine published an article by the prominent historian, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Sr., who had selected 55 experts on the presidency and asked them to rank the presidents. He asked his respondents toMorePresidential rankings emerged in 1948 when Life Magazine published an article by the prominent historian, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Sr., who had selected 55 experts on the presidency and asked them to rank the presidents.

He asked his respondents to rank presidents into categories of Great, Near Great, Average, Below Average and Failure. The result was a substantial article that attracted wide public attention. His work and similar studies have not escaped criticism, however. Many general works on the presidency have discussed presidential greatness and identified presidents who stood out for good or ill.

There are likely unavoidable inadequacies in all ranking schemes, regardless of the complicated measures that many authors employ in their attempts to be scientific. This book provides useful criticism of these presidential rankings. It is arranged chronologically, and discusses each presidential performance and each ranking study in detail. Perhaps it would be sufficient to say that each man was the right one to be president for his time.



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