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Gerald R. Ford: An Honorable Life

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“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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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
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
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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
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.
Bonnie Samuel
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
Jim Blessing
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.
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