With Reverence and Contempt: How Americans Think about Their Presidents

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What's wrong with the American presidency? Why is the world's oldest surviving democracy headed by a leader who lives and acts like a king? And why is that same leader so often held in low esteem by those who elected him? In this spirited survey of presidential history, Thomas Langston examines two centuries of unrealistic expectations, false hopes, and willful misunderstandings that lie at the heart of America's "dysfunctional relationship" with its president. Langston argues that each president becomes an icon, a stylized ...

With Reverence and Contempt: How Americans Think about Their Presidents 1997, Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD

ISBN-13: 9780801855108

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With Reverence and Contempt: How Americans Think about Their Presidents 1995, Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD

ISBN-13: 9780801850165

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