In the first major, in-depth study since World War II, Michael P. Riccards provides a narrative history of the U.S. presidency that is also an invaluable reference. Volume One covers the presidency from its creation to its major crisis in the Civil War and the transitional presidency of McKinley. Volume Two Continues the history up to the presidency of George Bush. In Volume Two, he provides coverage of each administration and extended treatment of the more important presidents. Though there is some biographical material about each chief executive, the focus is on issues, policies, legislative achievements and foreign policy decisions for each administration.
About the Author
Michael P. Riccards is president of Fitchburg State College in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. He is the author of several books, including A Republic If You Can Keep It: The Foundations of the American Presidency, 1700-1800 (Greenwood Press, 1987).