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United States marked the 20th century. Without the information on development of this country and its central institutions, especially the White House, it is in fact impossible to understand any of the modern history and politics. In this magisterial examination of the Presidency over the course of the 20th Century, Presidents. Governing history of the American presidents of modern time, Stephen Graubard explores the history of the world's greatest elective office and the role each incumbent has played in changing the scope of its powers. Using individual presidential portraits of each of the presidents of the past century Graubard asks, and answers, a wide variety of crucial questions about each President: What intellectual, social and political assets did they bring to the White House, and how quickly did they deplete or mortgage that capital? How well did they cope with crises, foreign and domestic? How much attention did they pay to their election pledges after they were elected? How did they use the media, old and new? Above all, how did they conduct themselves in office and what legacy did they leave to their successors?
The book is a result of years of research and a study of eighteen American presidents, from Theodore Roosevelt, Taft, Wilson, Harding, Coolidge and Hoover, through F. D. Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy and Johnson to Richard Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Clinton and Goeorgea W. Bush. The wealth of material consulted is evident from the lengthy, and heavily annotated endnotes and this frequently results in a presentation of some of the complex currents of public opinion and bureaucratic advice that shaped key presidential decisions.

The nature of presidential leadership, and the question of how to judge its quality, is an ever-present issue, particularly in this age of constant media coverage and discussion of the presidency, whether on talk radio, cable news networks, on the Internet, but most of what passes for analysis, in this cacophony, is rapid-fire gut reactions to the latest presidential action. The importance of Graubard's book can be seen if we have in mind the geopolitical dominance of the United States in the modern world. The author offers a detailed overview of the presidential mandate and the motifs that contributed to the modification of the role of the President in whose hands is often the fate of the entire world. The author's approach is scientifically based, but the book is interesting and intelligible as well. From anecdotes to formulations that strive to explain the legitimacy of the historical changes, the author constantly manages to keep the reader's attention.The book Presidents delivers a convincing reconstruction and description of the political function that is of crucial importance not only for the people of the United States, but for all people in the world.

  • ISBN: 978-953-7177-42-3
  • Year of the edition: 2010
  • Number of pages: 800
  • Cover: hard cover
  • Original title: The Presidents. The Transformation of the American Presidency from Theodore Roosevelt to George W. Bush
  • Original language: English
  • Translation: Gloria Blažanović, Boris Dumančić
  • Dimensions: 150x230 mm

This book about American presidents and changes in the US administration is a portrait of the growth of a super-power and the changes in the world in the past hundred years. It illustrates what happened to the country that was about to go out on the world stage, from the great rise of this state, two world wars and the Cold War, until today, when the US represents the most powerful global force. The book "Presidents" is written as a well developed historiography: a good historiography is understandable even to non-specialists, but remains reliable, verifiable reading useful to students and professionals. It represents an obligatory manual to journalists, politicians, historians, political scientists, that could easily be interesting to everyone.

prof. Ttvrtko Jakovina, Ph. D.

The existing literature on this subject mainly dealt with individual presidents and did not offer a deeper insight in a change that Graubord insists on. One might say that the question of power has often been the subject of the daily political showdowns, while the quality of this work reflects precisely in its analytical review of the causes and conditions of the growing influence of the American president in the last century.

prof. Stipe Grgas, Ph. D.