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The Presidency of Andrew Johnson (American Presidency Series) Hardcover – October 17, 1979


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Product Details

  • Series: American Presidency Series
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas; 4th Pr edition (October 17, 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0700601902
  • ISBN-13: 978-0700601905
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 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: #1,254,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A provocative account." -- Historian

"Castel's interpretation is challenging. It is bound to be widely read and discussed." -- Journal of American History

"It is a pleasure to welcome a book about Andrew Johnson to which the word 'balanced' can be fairly applied." -- American Historical Review

About the Author

Albert Castel is widely recognized as one of our most respected historians of the Civil War. His Decision in the West: The Atlanta Campaign of 1864 won the prestigious Lincoln Prize and was named one of the 400 Most Notable Books of the Year by the New York Times Book Review and one of the 100 Best Books on the Civil War by Civil War Magazine. He is also the author of General Sterling Price and the Civil War in the West, and Civil War Kansas.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 23, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book in the American Presidency Series focuses not only on Andrew Johnson's presidency, but also expatiates the economic hardship that both the Union and the Confederacy faced during the Civil War, along with its political and economic repercussions. The author recognized that Johnson's battle with Congress over Reconstruction evolved into the most pivotal issue during his presidency. In fact, Albert Castel argues that Johnson lost his battle with Republicans over Reconstruction due to intransigence and impracticality with regards to African Americans. Also, this book mentions that Johnson's lack of a political base contributed to the Southerners' refusal to ratify the Fourteenth Amendment. Nonetheless, Johnson retained much of his institutional power of the presidency. Johnson's violation of the Tenure of Office Act did, however, lead to his impeachment and eventual acquittal. Nevertheless, Johnson achieved appropriations for the purchase of Alaska.
The last chapter reads: Johnson Before The Bar of History. This chapter gives a historiographical overview about Johnson's critics since his presidency until 1979. Unfortunately, Castel contradicts his own thesis when he maintains that Johnson used the presidency in a strong manner with integrity, but ultimately failed as president. Did he fail or did he represent a scapegoat for his political enemies? Nonetheless, this book elaborates on the relevant issues and explains why Johnson has been much maligned. Nevertheless, this book stimulated my interest in Johnson and provided me with a useful bibliographical essay.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Kirk VINE VOICE on November 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
After reading so many books about presidents I decided to read this biography about Andrew Johnson and I have to admit, it opened my eyes. I think most people rate him as one of the worst presidents in our history and this book does a great job of informing about the times he lived in. Yes, he was many of the bad things that people have stereotyped him with but could you imagine following up Abraham Lincoln and the huge effort rebuild the nation after the bloody civil war? The author does a great job of explaining the drama to remove Mr. Johnson from office too. Granted, Johnson's flip flopping of parties is questionable and I guess you can certainly call him a "slimmy politician" but it's good to know why instead of just going by the standard history books prejudice. In summary, this book is certainly worth your time to read.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Joyce on December 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Good book, but brief. About as much as I would want to know about Andrew Johnson.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ann S. Prather Speck on February 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This was for a gift and the person said that they really liked the book, it arrived in excellent condition.
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