The Impossible Presidency by Jeremi Suri
The Rise and Fall of America's Highest Office

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Nevertheless, any time of crisis involving the presidency is probably a propitious occasion to recall its past. Suri, a professor of history at the University of Texas, here studies a series of chief executives in a sporadically revisionist effort to trace what he considers to be the “rise and fall of America’s highest office.”
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A bold new history of the American presidency, arguing that the successful presidents of the past created unrealistic expectations for every president since JFK, with enormously problematic implications for American politics
In The Impossible Presidency, celebrated historian Jeremi Suri charts the rise and fall of the American presidency, from the limited role envisaged by the Founding Fathers to its current status as the most powerful job in the world. He argues that the presidency is a victim of its own success-the vastness of the job makes it almost impossible to fulfill the expectations placed upon it. As managers of the world's largest economy and military, contemporary presidents must react to a truly globalized world in a twenty-four-hour news cycle. There is little room left for bold vision.

Suri traces America's disenchantment with our recent presidents to the inevitable mismatch between presidential promises and the structural limitations of the office. A masterful reassessment of presidential history, this book is essential reading for anyone trying to understand America's fraught political climate.


 

About Jeremi Suri

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Jeremi Suri is the author of three books, most recently Henry Kissinger and the American Century. A frequent contributor to national media, including Wired and The Boston Globe, he is a professor of history at the University of Austin, Texas, where he also makes his home. Visit Jeremi on his website JeremiSuri.net and his blog GlobalBrief.ca.
 
Published September 12, 2017 by Basic Books. 324 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, War. Non-fiction
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on Jul 17 2017

Lively and well-grounded, offering good measures by which to judge our best and worst presidents and their methods of governing.

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NY Times

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Reviewed by Michael Beschloss on Oct 30 2017

Nevertheless, any time of crisis involving the presidency is probably a propitious occasion to recall its past. Suri, a professor of history at the University of Texas, here studies a series of chief executives in a sporadically revisionist effort to trace what he considers to be the “rise and fall of America’s highest office.”

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Reviewed by John R. Coyne Jr. on Oct 16 2017

His writing is energetic and evocative, and his positions are presented vigorously, with a conviction common among most of his academic peers today — namely, the election of Donald Trump is a national disaster.

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