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The Modern Scholar: The American Presidency | [Robert Dallek]

The Modern Scholar: The American Presidency

This course explores the tenures of the men who held our nation's highest office during the 20th-century. The lectures look at each president and examine his strengths and weaknesses, as well as the times in which he served. Through this analysis, listeners will develop a better understanding not only of this supreme office and how it has taken shape, but also how it has shaped America and, indeed, the modern world.
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Publisher's Summary

The 20th-century American presidency is something of a mystery. Some presidents performed exceptionally well in office, displaying strong leadership and winning the respect of the American people as well as the rest of the world. Others fell short of expectations and are remembered at best as marginal chief executives.

What was it that allowed some to rise to greatness while others failed? What elusive mix of character traits, circumstance, and determination combine to mold the shape of a presidential administration?

This course explores the tenures of the men who held our nation's highest office during the 20th-century. The lectures look at each president and examine his strengths and weaknesses, as well as the times in which he served. Through this analysis, listeners will develop a better understanding not only of this supreme office and how it has taken shape, but also how it has shaped America and, indeed, the modern world.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2003 Robert Dallek; (P)2004 Recorded Books

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    Alexander SACKETS HARBOR, NY, United States 06-06-12
    Alexander SACKETS HARBOR, NY, United States 06-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    Where does The Modern Scholar rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Modern Scholar series is usually the top grade of all non-fiction audiobooks due to the fact that the narrators do not merely read, but rather discuss topics and points. There are exceptions to this, but this program in particular was a very engaging conversation.


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    What about Robert Dallek’s performance did you like?

    He delivered his lecture as a conversation and highlighted important aspects that made each presidency significant. Though he demonstrated the occasional bias (he loves FDR), he was able to produce the counter to many of his assertions, remaining as neutral as one can be in such a lecture.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not one in particular - it was exceptional througout


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    Great production of the significant efforts of the executive branch from Theodore Roosevelt through Ronald Reagan.

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    Excellent and pithy review that captures the essence of each Presidency reviewed. Historical accuracy blended with a contextual sweep of the times.

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    "Plain and Dull"

    This book didn't provide enough detail on the lives of the presidents, prior to them becoming president. Having just listened to "Outliers", I was hoping to hear more about the opportunities and personal backgrounds that led to particlar kinds of presidents

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    "History made clear and easy!"

    I am a third year degree student studying US Civilisation.

    This is an excellent book. The way it is presented in 'lectures' makes the whole experience much more enjoyable. I felt like I had spent 8 hours at a University conference and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is lively, full of anecdocts that make remembering facts a lot easier and it is delivered with passion. Wish my lecturers were half as good!

    Brilliant! Buy it you won't be disappointed.

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