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The American Presidency from Theodore Roosevelt to Ronald Reagan

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  39 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Looks at the strengths and weaknesses of each president as well as at the times in which they served. Examines the office of the president, how it has developed, and how it has shaped the America and the modern world.
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Published January 1st 2003 by Recorded Books
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Tony
Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
Engaging if superficial tour through 20th century American history, but it offers nearly nothing for anyone already familiar with that ground. It focuses on presidents only inasmuch as the lecturer idolizes great men and ascribes all (positive) national developments to the White House occupant of the time. Each president is described similarly, as a visionary but also a pragmatic politician who lies to the public for their own good.
Nancy
Dec 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first of The Modern Scholar series I’ve listened to, and I liked it enough that I will be getting more. Professor Robert Dallek covers The American Presidency: From Theodore Roosevelt to Ronald Reagan in 14 lectures of about 30 minutes each. He doesn’t merely provide a biographical sketch of the men with a list of their accomplishments and failures. Instead he discusses this material in terms of how each man helped to transform the American presidency from a less significant office p ...more
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Don
Dec 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wilson’s imperialism w/Americas and MX. By words of author, may arrive at different conclusion; “FDR is shrewd politician, changing positions on tariffs, poor economy in 32 w/14M out of work, recession in 38 w/9.5M out of work, only 31 fireside chats and desire to not be too open, 36 attempt to change court and balance of power and playing false game-misleading, a compromiser, shrewd politician, interfered with 38 local elections, tested water and polled, only WWII gave him 3rd/4th terms, electi ...more
John
Jun 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is a 7-CD, 14-lecture overview of 20th century American presidents (up to Reagan). Dallek explains how nine presidents used a clear vision, concise slogans, personal charisma, consensus building, credibility, and luck to have presidencies that were (mostly) successful. And Dallek explains how the other presidents without these attributes failed. The (mostly) successful presidents: T. Roosevelt, Wilson, F. D. Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Reagan.

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Ray
Apr 28, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book, written by history professor Robert Dallek, provides an overview of the administrations of American Presidents from Theodore Roosevelt to Ronald Reagan. If you're aware of their accomplishments, or failures, you won't find any earth-shaking revelations in this book. The author is non-partisan, and offers thoughts as to why some achieved greatness, and why others came up short. All in all, it serves as a nice review of the times, but won't reveal many new insights.
Hank Pharis
Jul 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
I very much enjoyed this history of the Presidents from Roosevelt to Reagan. It was more fair than many such works. Dallek recognizes both strengths and weaknesses in most of the Presidents. There is still however an obvious lean toward the left. Not surprisingly the author thus lists FDR with Washington and Lincoln as one of the 3 greatest U.S. President. It was his profile of TR however that most intrigued me and made me want to learn more about him.
Tim
Jan 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-books
I thought that Professor Dallek did a good job of highlighting the successes and failures of each president.
Giansar
Oct 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
A little biased towards praising some of the presidents, but still very engaging and informative.
Laurie
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great book...gives an historical perspective of the strenghts and weaknesses of each president.
Linda
Sep 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: chcpl, charlie-rose, audio
A series of lectures given by historian Robert Dallek. Easy listening. Nothing really new for me, but still interesting.
Alex
Sep 29, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up-on
I don't think I'll be finishing this one. The lecturer has very clear biases and unabashedly shares them. I prefer my historians with a little more balance and a little less cheerleading.
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Robert Dallek is the author of 'Nixon and Kissinger', a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and 'An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963', among other books. His writing has appeared in the The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and Vanity Fair. He is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Society of American Historians, for which he served as preside ...more
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