The American Presidency

  • by Robert Dallek
  • Narrated by Robert Dallek
  • 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Lecture

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.


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Customer Reviews

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Great program

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.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Not applicable

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

Any additional comments?

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

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- Alexander


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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Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-22-2008
  • Publisher: Recorded Books