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Graubard's analysis: cool, calm and collective.. Brilliant!,
This review is from: Presidents: The Transformation of the American Presidency from Theodore Roosevelt to George W. Bush (Hardcover)
When I first laid eyes on this book I flicked through from cover to cover quickly coming to the conclusion that it would be 'hard going' and on the whole, unnecessary - much like this review. Despite this I bought it because I had need to do some background reading on civil rights in America 1860-1980, and this book seemed the most coprehensive as from a presidential perspective. Due to the fact that I was doing background research and mostly skim reading, when my project was complete the book sat on the shelf for months largely untouched.
A little while after Obama's inauguration that I seized the oppurtunity to read up on his predecessors. Reading with little knowledge of T. Roosevelt or those who followed him up to JFK (shamefully I must add I had forgotten William Taft had held office), this lacking knowledge didn't seem to shadow my understanding at all. Many academic works of this nature expect a comprehensive knowledge of the subject. Graubard writes at a distance that keeps his work clear, concise and interesting. Furthermore, what overwhelms is Graubard's depth of knowledge with great analysis throughout and more references and sources than I dare count.
Overall, it's a great book to read and if you've any interest in the Presidency then this book deserves it's place on your bookshelf!