The historic election of Barack Obama has ushered in a new era of hope and optimism across America. However, can Obamaor any Presidentlive up to the incredibly high expectations that we have of our presidents?
Elegantly written, timely, and easily accessible to students, the third edition of The Paradoxes of the American Presidency considers this crucial question and many more. Two highly esteemed presidential scholars, Thomas E. Cronin and Michael A. Genovese, explore the complex institution of the American Presidency by presenting a series of paradoxes that shape and define the office. Thoroughly updated and revised to reflect recent political eventsfrom the attacks of 9/11, to the war on terrorism and the controversial eight-year George W. Bush presidency, to the economic meltdown of 2008 and the election of Barack Obamathe third edition incorporates findings from the latest scholarship, the most recent elections and court cases, and relevant survey research.
Two of the foremost scholars of the American presidency provide a welcome expanded update of Cronin's highly regarded The State of the Presidency (1980). The presidency is loaded with paradoxes that make the job arduous under the best of circumstances. The public wants a strong president but is suspicious of power; it yearns for a leader who is heroic yet has the common touch; and it demands bold visions but at low social and economic costs. These paradoxes and others provide the framework for this comprehensive survey of the presidency and its interactions with Congress, political parties, the Supreme Court, the cabinet, and, most important, the public. As safeguards of presidential accountability, the authors recommend the cautious use of independent counsels, limiting "soft" money campaign contributions, giving free television time to major candidates, and healthy political parties. Their informative examination is highly recommended for all public and academic presidential studies collections and remains a required text for serious students of the presidency.Karl Helicher, Upper Merion Twp. Lib., King of Prussia, Pa.