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Hail to the Chief: The Making and Unmaking of American Presidents [Hardcover]

Robert Dallek

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Sep 1996
An enlightening and thought-provoking presidential biography and original historical analysis, this fascinating book profiles the entire history of the presidency: the personalities who occupied the Oval Office and and the strategies that have led to their successes or their failures.
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  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Books; 1st Edition edition (Sep 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078686205X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786862054
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 715,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An acute, engaging, and instructive analysis of what it takes to be an effective president. (Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.)

A valuable addition to the library of the American presidency. Mr. Dallek gives his readers plenty to think about. (Philip Seib, The Dallas Morning News)

A provocative analysis of success and failure in the nation's most difficult job. (Kirkus Reviews) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

has taught history at several universities, including Columbia, UCLA, Boston University, and Oxford. He is the author of several books, including --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful and insightful work on the American Presidency 11 Dec 1999
By Timothy McGrath - Published on Amazon.com
Despite the other review posted at Amazon.com, 'Hail to the Chief' is not only thoroughly researched and written, but entertaining to those who are interested in the American Presidency and the tools necessary to be a successful president. As someone who has had the pleasure of taking two college courses with Professor Dallek, reading his books have been helpful in his courses, and also have proven to be invaluable in my quest to learn more about American government.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hail to Dallek 29 Oct 2008
By Jim - Published on Amazon.com
Dallek is one of the foremost historians in terms of the Presidents of the United States. His books about JFK, LBJ, and Nixon are certainly outstanding, and worth a read.

This book is not a biography but an overview of the responsibilities, and qualities of good and not so good Presidents. Dallek has a wealth of knowledge in terms of Presidents and makes connections which are not always obvious. Dallek believes that Vision (chapter 1) is one of the most important things for a President (most other Presidential scholars would agree). He also identifies other aspects for a good President. This short book is certainly worth a read not only for those interested in the Presidency, but also political science.
7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for research, not for reading. 14 Dec 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Dallek writes a very informative and thourough review on the highlights and nadirs of presidential terms. He points out how and why presidents were elected and what , if anything, they did to change America. This book serves a purpose as a reference, but not for political reading.
8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hail to Chief Dallek 16 Nov 2001
By Sarah - Published on Amazon.com
Robert Dallek is one of my professors at Boston University. His class is amazing, as is this book. Although the average reader may not enjoy it so much, Hail to the Chief is a great book for anyone interested in American presidents and politics. I highly recommend it :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Overview 16 Aug 2011
By Whetstone Guy - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a good place to start reading about American presidents. After reading more detailed biographies, one will probably come to different conclusions than Professor Dallek.
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