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By Jeffrey A. Engel,Thomas J. Knock

What occurs while existence, as a way to converse, moves the President of the us? How do presidents and their households take care of ailment, own loss, and scandal, and the way have such own crises affected a president's skill to steer, formed presidential decision-making in severe moments, and even perhaps altered the process events?

In asking such questions, the essays during this quantity -- written via twelve prime students famous for his or her services on their respective matters -- exhibit alternately the frailty, the humanity, and the power of personality of a few of America's such a lot debatable presidents. 3 of them care for the demise of children--the impression of the lack of a tender son on Franklin Pierce, Abraham Lincoln, and Calvin Coolidge. one other indicates how, while his father suffered a stroke, John F. Kennedy misplaced his most vital adviser because the situation in Cuba loomed. 3 essays inform tales approximately infamous, self-inflicted scandals throughout the presidencies of Andrew Jackson, Richard Nixon, and invoice Clinton. numerous of them specialise in the consequences of incapacity or ailment within the Oval workplace -- on Woodrow Wilson's stroke on the finish of global conflict I; Franklin Roosevelt's paralysis whereas best the rustic during the nice melancholy and global warfare II; Ronald Reagan's struggles and adjusted priorities within the wake of an assassination test; and the bearing of melancholy and character issues of 1 sort or one other at the activities Jackson, John Tyler, Lyndon Johnson, and Richard Nixon in the course of their the most important years in office.

While illuminating a substantial span of yankee background and offering new and important analyses of yank politics and overseas coverage, those attention-grabbing essays remind us concerning the own part of presidential management, and that day after today is promised to no one.

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