Where They Stand: The American Presidents in the Eyes of Voters and Historians
Robert W. Merry presents a fresh, playful, and challenging way of playing America’s favorite game, “Rati ...more
What seems to be the best way to rank the presidents is to use The 13 Keys to the Presidency by Allen Lichtman and Ken DeCell. The author uses these keys extensively. ...more
2. Near Great
3. High or above average
5. Low or Below Average
The three consensus Great Presidents were George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Presidents named in the failure category included James Buchanan, Warren Harding, Andrew Johnson and Richard Nixon.
I will rate the Presidents in my lifetime from 1952 to now:
Harry Truman – high or above average
Dwight Eisenhower – average
For this "record", the author looks at seven (7) historical Academic Presidential Polls: Arthur Schlesinger, Sr. in 1948, Arthur Schlesinger, Sr. ...more
The study is in 4 parts
I Academic polls
II Role of the people ; Nature of presidential elections.
III The test of greatness
IV Assess the 5 most recent presidents ??
Robert Merry confesses that he considers the institution to be a work of genius.
1948-- Life magazine published Arthur Schlesinger's work.
The rating system placed presidents in one of the categories: great, Near Great, Average, Below Average, and Failure.
Lincoln, George Washington, Frankl ...more
Rating Robert Merry's book: "Where They Stand" The American Presidents in the eyes of voters and historians" (ranking the Presidents.)
A good book to read in a USA Presidential Election year. I enjoyed Merry's discussion style and explanations. His top ten presidents are popularly ranked in the order Merry lists. Merry's middle and mediocre or "failed" Presidents are surprising. I contest his harsh vocabulary and low ranking of the post Civil War presidents Johnson, Grant, Hayes, who were truly ...more
We learn a lot about presidents while playing the Rating Game. Mr. Merry ...more
Mr. Merry, a former journalist, takes the pastime of rating the Presidents of the United States with some seriousness. I think he does have add a nice twist to the process, by comparing historian's rankings with the electoral success of the presidents or the success of their political parties in retaining the White House upon the end of their legally required or customarily expected two terms, if they made it that far. One tricky bit, nicely dealt with, is how to judge Presidents such as Theodo...more
The thr ...more
It wasn't very long, which was nice, though I kind of would have preferred a chronological history of where the author believed the presidents stood in history. I suppose though th ...more
I found the organization of the book very confusing and had to check the table of contents constantly to see where I was. The author has this thesis about rating presidents according to history's ranking and the current electorate's vote. He repeats this thesis over and over and o ...more
Of course, there are some problems with holding historians’ assessments in contrast with contemporaneous voters’. One small on ...more
Although I don't agree with all his presidential ratings (ex: I think Millard was a failure, and I think John Adams was a better president than he's given cred ...more
Interesting topic, with enjoyable reading and illuminating observations.
I liked it, but not sure whether the material was expanded upon as much as it could have been.
Robert W. Merry was born in 1946 in Tacoma, WA. He served three years in the U.S. Army, including two years as a counterintelligence special agent in West Germany. He graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor's degree in journalism in ...more