The Presidents: Noted Historians Rank America’s Best--and Worst--Chief Executives by Brian LambAn interesting review of all 44 of the American Presidents, ranking them in order of first to last (Trump has not been in office long enough to be given a rating).
Each president is given a chapter, and the information compiled by C-SPAN. The ratings were given by a team of 91 presidential historians. The ratings were based on a set of ten qualities of presidential leadership. They were: public persuasion, crisis leadership, economic management, moral authority, international relations, administrative skills, relations with Congress, vision/setting an agenda, pursued equal justice for all, and performance within the context of the times.
I was not surprised by the top ten presidents. I mean, how can you go wrong in selecting giants such as Lincoln, Washington, or the Roosevelts? Nor was I shocked to see the bottom of the barrel, including James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, or Millard Fillmore. What was interesting were those presidents in the middle, and why they were ranked there.
Each chapter has great tidbits about the presidents, items on their early years, their beliefs, their quirks, and the people they selected to help them run the country.
I believe that this book would be a great one for anybody interested in our history. Rather than read 44 books on each one of the presidents, one could read this and get a good background on each one. I especially could see this book being used in a upper year high school civics class, or an introductory college level class. The high school teacher could assign a chapter to each student, and have them give a report to the rest of the class. So much better than they could get from Wikipedia!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and will be referring to it in the future.
Top 10 Worst American Presidents
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The Greatest U.S. Presidents Of All Time
Getty Images. Mount Rushmore features massive foot-tall busts of celebrated presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt, each chosen for their respective roles in preserving or expanding the Republic. But if you were to make a Mount Rushmore for presidents based on stock market performance, none of these men would make the cut. There really was no stock market to speak of during the Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln administrations, and Teddy Roosevelt ranks as one of the worst-performing presidents of the past years — at least as far as Wall Street is concerned. The following is a ranking of every president since Benjamin Harrison who, sneak preview, did not do very well by stock market performance, in order from worst to best. Over the past half-century, dividends have become a smaller portion of total returns due to their unfavorable tax treatment.
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Historians have long debated which of the American presidents were most capable and most successful, and which of them failed to achieve success as chief executive of the United States. Oddly enough, the two presidents to whom Pennsylvania can lay claim represent both ends of that success spectrum. In the book, they include a ranking of 43 presidents Grover Cleveland served as both our 22nd and 24th president in two non-consecutive terms originally compiled in The most recent inclusion is Barack Obama, with current president Donald Trump being excluded from the rankings due to the lack of historical perspective with with to place him on the list. His legacy of caution and inaction in the lead-up to the Civil War generally lands him in the bottom tier of presidents. James Buchanan: worst president ever?
And President Trump? His Oval Office predecessor, Barack Obama, shot into the Top 10, up from 18th in the previous survey. Ulysses S. The biggest declines were for Bill Clinton, arguably the result of contemporary scorn for his treatment of women, and Andrew Jackson, for evolving attitudes on his treatment of Native Americans. On partisan-votes lines, Democrats ranked Ronald Reagan nine places lower than Republicans, while Democrats place Obama 10 places higher.