Presidents' Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of Extraordinary Executives, Colorful Campaigns, and White House Oddities

Presidents' Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of Extraordinary Executives, Colorful Campaigns, and White House Oddities

by Nick Ragone


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The presidency is a special office. Along with the vice president, the victorious candidate is our only nationally elected official, and the position has come to symbolize American government worldwide. In many ways, the office is greater than the people who have occupied it. In the 200-plus years of our nation’s history, the presidency has grown and evolved dramatically. With the exception of Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Jackson, the nineteenth-century office holders exerted little executive power and mostly deferred to Congress on domestic affairs. Teddy Roosevelt began to change all that, and FDR completed the transformation with his New Deal, laying the foundations for the modern presidency. With the onset of the Cold War, the “imperial” presidency was in full bloom, and after a brief lull, the government’s response to the war on terror has given the office new and unprecedented powers. Undoubtedly now the presidency is not only the most powerful and important job in the United States, but arguably in the world. Presidents’ Most Wanted™ celebrates the office, the people who inhabited it, and the process of winning it, with thirty-five chapters packed full of all sorts of presidential trivia. It covers everything from elections to first ladies to blunders and triumphs, and gives the reader an in-depth look at the most powerful person in the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781597970747
Publisher: Potomac Books
Publication date: 01/31/2008
Series: Most Wanted
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Nick Ragone is a public relations executive in New York City. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Rutgers University and is a graduate of the Eagleton Institute of Political Science at Rutgers University and the Georgetown University Law Center. His previous books include The Everything American Government Book: From the Constitution to Present-Day Elections, All You Need to Understand Our Democratic System. He lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction     xiii
Firsts     1
Advisers     7
Distinguished Cabinet Members     14
Great Speeches     23
Bold Decisions     34
Legislative Accomplishments and Notable Achievements     43
Memorable Quotes     51
Generals Who Became President     58
Assassinations and Attempts     67
Illness     74
Biggest Blunders     82
Feuds and Rivalries     90
Scandal     97
Embarrassing Moments     105
Closest Elections     113
Presidential Losers     121
Debates     129
Third-Party Candidates     138
Primary Upsets     145
Campaign Slogans     152
First Ladies     157
Mistresses     166
Offspring     173
Vice Presidents: The Powerful and Memorable     180
Vice Presidents: The Forgettable and Regrettable     189
Ranking the Presidents: The Great and Near Great     196
Ranking the Presidents: The Good     207
Ranking thePresidents: The Average     216
Ranking the Presidents: The Bad and the Ugly     223
Postpresidential Careers     230
Tourist Destinations     238
Memorials and Monuments     244
Movies     251
Hackers in Chief     257
Ten Things You Didn't Know About the Presidency     264
Selected Bibliography     271
Index     275
About the Author     287

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