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The Development of the American Presidency Paperback – January 21, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0415878814 ISBN-10: 0415878810 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (January 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415878810
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415878814
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #888,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Many presidency textbooks present the contemporary presidency as a relatively static institution, defined by its structure and its relationship to other political actors. Ellis is to be applauded for rejecting this model and for embracing a more dynamic vision of this political institution. By chronicling the historical development of the presidency, Ellis highlights the evolving character of presidential power and practices. In doing so, he encourages readers to think about the causes and processes of institutional change, as well as the consequences and desirability of such change."—Ann-Marie Szymanski, The University of Oklahoma

"The Development of the American Presidency is a superb and distinctive textbook combining developmental and conceptual approaches to the presidency. It teaches students to see the presidency as an evolving institution in American history. At the same time, Ellis shows how individual incumbents have used the presidency and how their leadership, in turn, changed the institution."—Peri E. Arnold, University of Notre Dame

"This book contributes an innovative developmental perspective to the American presidency's central topics. By doing so, it uncovers many insights missing from more conventional textbooks. The concluding chapter draws on the book's many original insights to provide a highly rewarding summary view of the contemporary presidency."—Steven E. Schier, Carleton College

"This masterful book brings the development of the presidency to life for undergraduate students and graduate students alike. Ellis's command of presidential history is unmatched."—Terri Bimes, University of California, Berkeley

"Astute analyses and vivid story-telling make The Development of the American Presidency fascinating reading. Richard Ellis's text is unique in examining presidential history topically and in paying extensive attention to the early presidents."—Bruce Miroff, SUNY Albany

"For teachers of the presidency, Richard Ellis has squared the circle. The Development of the American Presidency is both topical and chronological and, as a result, it is an invaluable classroom text. More than that, it is also a handy reference for professors, graduate students, and anyone interested in the presidency."—Jeremy D. Bailey, University of Houston

"This important new text takes presidential—and Constitutional—history seriously, and it teaches that history in a thematic manner that allows for its integration into a presidency course organized topically. Ellis has a keen eye, and an incisive pen. For those seeking to learn how past occupants of the Oval Office have both empowered and constrained its current tenant, this will be indispensable reading." —Andrew Rudalevige, Dickinson College

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Richard J. Ellis is the Mark O. Hatfield Professor of Politics at Willamette University. He has been awarded Oregon Teacher of the Year from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, as well as numerous other awards for both scholarship and teaching. He is the author or editor of over fifteen books, including Judging Executive Power: Sixteen Supreme Court Cases That Have Shaped the American Presidency; Debating the Presidency: Conflicting Perspectives on the American Executive; and Presidential Travel: The Journey from George Washington to George W. Bush.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RAY1345 on December 28, 2013
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As a student I tend to hate the texts that im forced to read, yet this one is formatted really well and makes you think about the president in a new light. plus Dr. Ellis is very good at removing all bias unlike some higher education peer-reviewed material.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Madison H. on July 30, 2013
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This was a great, in-depth look into the evolution of the United States presidency. The book contains many interesting topics including the relationship between the presidency and the other two branches of the government, plus it contains interesting little known facts about presidents. Overall, the book is good read and isn't convoluted like many other textbooks. I would definitely recommend this books to Political Science students or anyone interested in the presidency.
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This is a pretty good textbook overall. Ellis does a a good job of narrowing down his points without using any discernable bias. He is able to make a book about what most would consider a droll topic, actually interesting, -so you dont use your textbook as a generic ambien to try and help you fall asleep!

Ellis is obviously well versed in Political Science, and the manner in which he presents his subject definitely shows that. Sometimes it can be a bit "slow" and harder to read, but it seems that when that happens, it is only in pockets of the book, and not the entire thing. Maybe those parts are the ones that I dont find as interesting as others - I dont know, but its worth noting.

Over all, I would say that this is a good textbook for a Poli Science Theory class - well structured, informative and not as boring as some that I have read. Would recommend.
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The book itself is great and is a refreshing take on the evolution of the executive branch, avoiding the bore of textbooks. The Kindle Edition in particular is so atrocious however that I felt the need to make a review. Words are misspelled, there are inexplicable spaces in between words or even more annoying, no spaces at all. It's so poorly formatted that it's a distraction trying to read. You're better off getting the physical copy for now.
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