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Presidential Campaigns

Author : Paul F. Boller
ISBN : 0195167163
Genre : Political Science
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A history of the American presidential elections from 1789 to 2000 highlights the hoopla, diversity, mudslinging, oratory, and serious issues of the campaigns.

Faith And The Presidency From George Washington To George W Bush

Author : Gary Scott Smith
ISBN : 0198041152
Genre : Religion
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In the wake of the 2004 election, pundits were shocked at exit polling that showed that 22% of voters thought 'moral values' was the most important issue at stake. People on both sides of the political divide believed this was the key to victory for George W. Bush, who professes a deep and abiding faith in God. While some fervent Bush supporters see him as a man chosen by God for the White House, opponents see his overt commitment to Christianity as a dangerous and unprecedented bridging of the gap between church and state. In fact, Gary Scott Smith shows, none of this is new. Religion has been a major part of the presidency since George Washington's first inaugural address. Despite the mounting interest in the role of religion in American public life, we actually know remarkably little about the faith of our presidents. Was Thomas Jefferson an atheist, as his political opponents charged? What role did Lincoln's religious views play in his handling of slavery and the Civil War? How did born-again Southern Baptist Jimmy Carter lose the support of many evangelicals? Was George W. Bush, as his critics often claimed, a captive of the religious right? In this fascinating book, Smith answers these questions and many more. He takes a sweeping look at the role religion has played in presidential politics and policies. Drawing on extensive archival research, Smith paints compelling portraits of the religious lives and presidencies of eleven chief executives for whom religion was particularly important. Faith and the Presidency meticulously examines what each of its subjects believed and how those beliefs shaped their presidencies and, in turn, the course of our history.

Religion And The American Presidency

Author : Gastón Espinosa
ISBN : 0231143338
Genre : History
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This book challenges the idea that the mixing of religion and presidential politics is a new phenomenon. It explores how presidents have drawn on their religious upbringing, rhetoric, ideas, and beliefs to promote their domestic and foreign policies to the nation. This influence is evident in Washington's decision to add "so help me God" to the presidential oath, accusations by Adam's supporters that Jefferson was an infidel, Lincoln's biblical metaphors during the Civil War, and FDR's call to fight against Nazi totalitarianism on behalf of Judeo-Christian civilization. It is also apparent in Truman's support for Israel, Eisenhower's Cold War decision to add "In God We Trust" on American currency, the debate over JFK's Catholicism, Jimmy Carter's born-again Christianity, Reagan's "Evil Empire" speech, Clinton's public repentance, and George W. Bush's "crusade" against Islamic terrorists. This volume explores these issues of religion and power in the presidencies of Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Lincoln, FDR, Truman, Eisenhower, JFK, Carter, Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Clinton, and George W. Bush through scholarly interpretations, primary sources, and illustrations.

Presidential Diversions

Author : Paul F. Boller
ISBN : 0151006121
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Offers a new look inside the lives of America's chief executives to explore what every president has done for fun, chronicling their individual tastes in sports, games, and cultural activities.

The Anti Intellectual Presidency

Author : Elvin T. Lim
ISBN : 9780199927098
Genre : Political Science
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Why has it been so long since an American president has effectively and consistently presented well-crafted, intellectually substantive arguments to the American public? Why have presidential utterances fallen from the rousing speeches of Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Wilson, and FDR to a series of robotic repetitions of talking points and sixty-second soundbites, largely designed to obfuscate rather than illuminate? In The Anti-Intellectual Presidency, Elvin Lim draws on interviews with more than 40 presidential speechwriters to investigate this relentless qualitative decline, over the course of 200 years, in our presidents' ability to communicate with the public. Lim argues that the ever-increasing pressure for presidents to manage public opinion and perception has created a "pathology of vacuous rhetoric and imagery" where gesture and appearance matter more than accomplishment and fact. Lim tracks the campaign to simplify presidential discourse through presidential and speechwriting decisions made from the Truman to the present administration, explaining how and why presidents have embraced anti-intellectualism and vague platitudes as a public relations strategy. Lim sees this anti-intellectual stance as a deliberate choice rather than a reflection of presidents' intellectual limitations. Only the smart, he suggests, know how to dumb down. The result, he shows, is a dangerous debasement of our political discourse and a quality of rhetoric which has been described, charitably, as "a linguistic struggle" and, perhaps more accurately, as "dogs barking idiotically through endless nights." Sharply written and incisively argued, The Anti-Intellectual Presidency sheds new light on the murky depths of presidential oratory, illuminating both the causes and consequences of this substantive impoverishment.

Presidential Travel

Author : Richard J. Ellis
ISBN : UOM:39015076160459
Genre : History
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The author explores how presidential travel has reflected and shaped the changing relationship between American presidents and the American people in a study that takes readers along on presidential jaunts through the years.

Presidential Anecdotes

Author : Paul F. Boller
ISBN : 0195097319
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Gathers interesting and humorous stories about American presidents from Washington to Clinton and shows little-known aspects of each one's personality

A History Of American Presidential Elections From George Washington To Barack Obama

Author : Marc Schulman
ISBN : 1885881193
Genre : Political Science
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All New Updated to Include the 2012 Election American Presidential Elections: From George Washington to Barack Obama is a comprehensive reference on American elections. The book contains overviews of the issues and events of every election in US history, including charts with popular votes, electoral votes, and states carried. The election summary also includes information on party conventions. the book open with a section explaining how elections take place, why people vote and other issues in elections. Questions such as why certain different religious groups vote for Republicans or Democrats are explored, including a novel theory on Jewish voting. American Presidential Elections is a must for anyone interested in American politics!

The Power And The Story

Author : Evan Cornog
ISBN : 159420022X
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Looks at the American presidency and reveals the importance of how a compelling personal narrative will influence the electorate and the legacy of an administration.

Presidential Inaugurations

Author : Paul F. Boller
ISBN : UVA:X004477463
Genre : History
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An anecdotal history looks at the celebrations, fashions, ceremonies, and events that marked each presidential inauguration from Washington's election in 1789 to the 2001 gala.

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