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Gerald R. Ford: An Honorable Life

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  57 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
“Not since Harry Truman succeeded Franklin D. Roosevelt twenty-nine years earlier had the American people known so little about a man who had stepped forward from obscurity to take the oath of office as President of the United States.”
—from Chapter 4

This is a comprehensive narrative account of the life of Gerald Ford written by one of his closest advisers, James Cannon. Wr
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published April 16th 2013 by University of Michigan Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Mar 31, 2015 Jeff rated it did not like it
Some authors can make a dry subject absolutely fascinating. Others can make a very interesting topic as dry as dust. James Cannon is definitely in the latter category. This book was very poorly written. He glosses over Fords early life and career in Congress (presumably since he has written another book that focuses on it), then spends half the book discussing Watergate.

Lou Cannon wrote a horribly and unreasonably negatively biased book about Reagan. James Cannon has written a horribly and unre
Scott Cox
Jan 04, 2017 Scott Cox rated it really liked it
“Not since Harry Truman succeeded Franklin D. Roosevelt had the American people known so little about a man who had stepped forward from obscurity to take the oath of office as President of the United States.” Born in Omaha Nebraska, abandoned by his biological father, Leslie King moved with his mother to Grand Rapids, Michigan where he was given the name of his mother’s new husband, Gerald Ford. Excelling in school, work, and football, Ford joined the Navy during World War II. Upon his post-war ...more
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Aug 20, 2013 ACS Book-finder rated it it was amazing
Author James Cannon has given us a very interesting look into the life of President Gerald R. Ford. As one would expect, this is a well-written and informative book that details the inside story of happenings inside the White House during the administration of President Nixon. The author believed that Nixon was guilty of covering up any White House investigation.

The story of Gerald R. Ford's move into the office of leader of the most powerful nation on Earth is presented with clarity and forthri
Jun 24, 2013 Jeff rated it really liked it
One of the better biographies I have read. Often in reading a Presidential biography there is little that is really new to learn

This book is different. Watergate is examined in sharp but objective detail. Much is made of Ford's ability to work across the aisle and the general comity that existed between politicians across the aisle

Ford was a genuinely decent man. His pardon of Nixon was controversial but in retrospect few would argue it was the wrong one

Most of all be examine this good mans life
"Jerry Ford is a human being cum laude, a down to earth, earnest, genuinely likable guy with an infectious laugh and not the slightest hint of pretentiousness. He is a politician of great and genuine sincerity. And in a time when virtuous pols seem as scarce as gasoline, Jerry Ford sticks out as a man of abundant decency." (DeFrank, Newsweek)

Count me as a fangirl of Ford. Written by a former staffer (recruited by VP Rockefeller), Cannon tells the story of Gerald Ford, born Leslie King Jr., who b
Tom Rowe
Oct 15, 2015 Tom Rowe rated it liked it
30/68/2 - This biography is 30% prepresidency, 68% presidency, 2% post presidency, and 40% Watergate. Parts were quite interesting. Some of it almost reads like an episode of West Wing with the amount of detail given to some of the daily operations of Ford's White House. Some of it gets quite tedious and Cannon details every Cabinet Officer being greeted by Donald Rumsfeld and then ushered into the Oval Office to be offered a position. However, this biography does a more interesting job than oth ...more
Bonnie Samuel
Nov 02, 2013 Bonnie Samuel rated it really liked it
Great book. I didn't know much about Ford before reading this and I found myself feeling sorry that he didn't get the chance to serve as an elected president. He fits a very different mold than what we see in the Republican party today. He governed quite independently, following his own sense of integrity and what was best for the country. He probably couldn't have stopped the conservative tide that took over the Republican party, but who knows how things might have been different had he had the ...more
My boy Gerald Ford! It was nice enough to read about his life and get some details about his life and political decisions, but the last third of the book devolves into a kind of resume review of dozens of people in the Ford administration. It's also unnerving to read a bio that switches from third to first person. And, predictably, it becomes a bit of a defense of the Administration the author worked in.
Virginia Albanese
Aug 03, 2016 Virginia Albanese rated it really liked it
I found this biography detailed yet easy to read and it depicted the essence of Ford who was a true politician with sound thinking, ability to compromise and humble. I was amused at times how Ford gave such detailed physical descriptions of a person. Oh for such integrity in our politicians today.
Jim Blessing
Aug 10, 2013 Jim Blessing rated it liked it
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This was a good book on the Gerald Ford presidency. The only unusual chapter was one on Nelson Rockefeller, who was the mentor of the author. Points and political philosophy in that chapter seemed to contradict the author's opiinions in the other chapters. Gerald Ford was an under-rated President.
Mar 06, 2014 Timothy rated it liked it
This novelesque interpretation of Ford is drawn from interviews with the former pres. This is the strength and weakness of the book, which lacks footnotes or endnotes.
Rick Theule
Mar 11, 2016 Rick Theule rated it it was amazing
Great, great read. One of the best presidential biographies I've ever read.
Katherine Jensen
Aug 03, 2016 Katherine Jensen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book didn't have footnotes or bibliography because the author died before finishing this. I did not miss them. Kindle.
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