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presidential history


  • We Judge Presidents in part by Who Precedes and Follows Them

    by Ronald L. Feinman

    Some Presidents are fortunate to come before or after a President who was not a great success so they seem like a better president in comparison. Others follow and precede a President who was perceived as successful, dimming their reputation.


  • The Value of Rating Presidents

    by Susan Swain

    Presidential rankings are quick, fun, and highly shareable on social media.  They foster lively debate about contemporary presidents and even help resurface some of our most obscure presidents.



  • The 47-Minute Presidency

    by Tom Engelhardt

    The 47 minutes that define Trump's presidency and why they are worth revisiting. 



  • A brief history of presidential lethargy

    by Stacy A. Cordery

    Before Theodore Roosevelt ascended to the presidency in 1901, the question of how hard a president toiled was of little concern to Americans.



  • New Book Sheds New Light on the Starr Investigation

    by Sean Wilentz

    Twenty years after Kenneth Starr delivered to Congress his report recommending the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, the former independent counsel has delivered a second report, in the form of a memoir, condemning Clinton all over again.