By Jeffrey A. Engel,Thomas J. Knock
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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When Life Strikes the President: Scandal, Death, and Illness in the White House by Jeffrey A. Engel,Thomas J. Knock