THE USE OF PRESIDENTIAL POWER: 1789-1943 by George Fort Milton
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Perhaps the most important and fascinating book of the spring. In view-point, singular and successfully objective, it can be read by advocates of both parties with equal enthusiasm. Milton has surveyed the whole pattern of the Presidency from the angle of the growth, change, decline of the executive power. But he has centered his attention on the eight Presidents who have made the greatest contribution, Washington, Jefferson, Jackson, Lincoln, Cleveland, Theodore Roosevelt, Wilson and Franklin Roosevelt. ""Crisis make great presidents only when organic growth of character can occur in the particular man."" He studies these men in their respective roles roles as Chief of State, Chief of Government, Chief of Foreign Relations, Commander in Chief, Chief of Party, Molder of Public Opinion. Some of his findings are astounding, many revealing, some controversial. But the book is unflagging in its interest, challenging in its implications. ""Change is the only sure constant in presidential power..weak men will fumble...Strong men will continue to make great presidents.

Pub Date: April 18th, 1944
Publisher: Little, Brown