PRESIDENTIAL GREATNESS by Thomas A. Bailey

PRESIDENTIAL GREATNESS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This review of ""The Image and the Man"" from George Washington through Lyndn B. Johnson is offered, as the author states, ""with more humility than its contents suggest."" If in many (perhaps most) cases he disagrees with the assessments of his fellow historians, he does so without rancor, in a manner that invites friendly debate rather than furious arguments. The first part of the book investigates all the factors necessary to such comparative assessment; the second discusses the various means to the most accurate measurement; and the final three chapters comprise ""summary reassessments"" of each and every president, together with Professor Bailey's adjusted rating and the contemporary consensus. Interesting appendices delve further into the ""Bias of Historians"" and the question, ""Is the Presidency a Killing Job?"" Obviously a labor of love, this work is extremely pleasant, leisurely reading, amply stocked with catchy insights, quips, and anecdotes.

Publisher: Appleton-Century