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The Presidency of Gerald R. Ford (American Presidency Series) Hardcover – November 28, 1994

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Product Details

  • Series: American Presidency Series
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas (November 28, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0700606386
  • ISBN-13: 978-0700606382
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,616,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Greene (history, Cazenovia Coll.) gives a balanced, thoroughly researched, and highly analytical look at Gerald Ford's meteoric rise from the House Minority leader role to the White House. Culling recently declassified documents and interviewing numerous principals from the Nixon and Ford administrations, Greene provides an insider view that is both critical of the administration's organizational shortfalls and adulatory about Ford's basic decency, moral character, and leadership qualities. He spends more time on the structural development and operation of the White House than on personal development, which served as the unifying theme of James Cannon's Time and Change: Gerald Ford's Appointment with History (LJ 12/93). While chronicling the cynicism about Ford's decision to pardon Nixon, Greene also convincingly dispatches the commonly held belief that Ford and Nixon had a deal. Though the pardon, the shrinking Republican base in Congress, staff infighting, and the Reagan candidacy in 1976 complicated Ford's governing efforts, the author presents a favorable image of a president who did not shrink from tough but necessary decisions while remaining the "nice guy" he sought to be. Likely to be a standard on a much maligned and little researched administration, this is recommended for academic and public libraries.
Frank Kessler, Missouri Western St. Coll., St. Joseph
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"A revealing and important book."--James M. Cannon, author of Time and Chance: Gerald Ford's Appointment with History

"Should remain the standard work for some time to come. Greene's close, judicious examination will go far toward dispelling simplistic notions about a 'failed' administration. I found it riveting from start to finish."--Herbert S. Parmet, author of Richard Nixon and His America

"This insightful study jettisons the caretaker/healer stereotype to plumb Ford's accomplishments and failures, his sound judgments and miscalculations. A rich portrait of an important period."--Louis Fisher, coeditor of the Encyclopedia of the American Presidency

"An incisively critical account of an important period in twentieth century American history."--Bernard J. Firestone, coeditor of Gerald R. Ford and the Politics of Post-Watergate America

More About the Author

John Robert Greene is the Paul J. Schupf Professor of History and Humanities at Cazenovia College, Cazenovia, NY, where he has taught for the past thirty-three years. He is the director of the Social Science program, and serves as the College Archivist.

Dr. Greene's teaching and writing specialty lies in American Political History, particularly the American presidency. He has written or edited seventeen books. His latest book--entitled America in the Sixties and released in October 2010--is rich in both anecdotes, stories, and thoughtful analysis, as it utilizes the author's three decades of teaching and publishing on that fascinating and volatile period.

Greene's other books include one on the election of Dwight Eisenhower, one on the Nixon presidency, three on the Ford presidency, and a critically acclaimed book on The Presidency of George Bush. This book, based on over one hundred interviews--including one with former President Bush--was recently praised in the leading journal in the field as "the best book to date on the Bush administration." His biography of Betty Ford--the first biography published of that first lady, has also earned for him strong reviews. Of his four books on the history of higher education, his Generations of Excellence: A History of Cazenovia College continues to raise funds for scholarships at Cazenovia College. His next two book, due out in December 2010, will be an encyclopedia of the George W. Bush administration. Greene is presently working on a study of America in the 1930s.

Both his students and his colleagues have honored Dr. Greene. At Cazenovia College, he was awarded the school's first endowed chair. He has been chosen to speak to the graduating class on several occasions, and in 1993 the faculty voted him the honor of Distinguished Faculty Member.

Dr. Greene is also a regular political commentator on several radio call-in shows around the country, and has recently offered commentary on C-SPAN, MSNBC, and National Public Radio. His most recent foray into the national media was in March 2009, when he was a featured analyst for the PBS special, "Betty Ford: The Real Deal."

Born and raised in Syracuse, N.Y., Dr. Greene received his undergraduate degrees from St. Bonaventure University, and his Ph.D. in Modern American History from Syracuse University. In other lives, he was a radio disc jockey, played in a very bad small rock band, and taught the visually handicapped.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 13, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Greene adroitly recognizes that Ford's domestic legislative proposals faced staunch opposition from a Democratically controlled Congress. In foreign affairs, Ford failed to get SALT II ratified and an Egyptian-Israeli accord never materialized during his term. In addition, the author acknowledges that Ford used assertiveness in the Mayaguez incident. Furthermore, Greene avers that Ford received bad publicity from the press. Finally, Greene argues that Ford did not make a secret bargain with Nixon for a Presidential pardon. This book gives a balanced account about a much maligned President.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Frank on January 17, 2000
Format: Paperback
Gerald Ford is not the most popular of presidents to write about. He's almost forgotten in studies of America after 1945. This book gives him his due. Profesor Greene does a fine job of examing the important issues that faced Ford, like "stagflation," the Mayaguez incident, and dealing with the Cold War. It's a balanced account and written for scholars and the general reader.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 18, 1997
Format: Paperback
This book is a well-researched and thought provoking book. It is the best book on a bad subject. The author obviously knows what he is talking about, sometimes to the detriment of the reader. Very in-depth. This is NOT the place to start for a study of Gerald Ford. It may be the place to end.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 22, 1999
Format: Paperback
Gerald Ford is our most underrated modern president. Many books have, and continue to be, written on Nixon, Carter and Reagan, but few on Ford. This work helps one to both grasp and understand the pros and cons of Ford's tenure, as well as the turbulent, uncertain mid 70s. I came away seeing Gerald Ford as a competent man, and a solid president. I believe this very good book could have been better in one area. Greene, like Kissinger, Leslie Stahl, Tip Oneil, et. al., focuses on Ford the healer. To me this limits the work, as Ford's policies have grown in stature after two decades of review. His focus on a balanced budget , and his veto activity to that end, stand in sharp contrast to words and non-deeds ofhis successors. His handling of the Mayaguez incident helped re-establish presidential power over the lopsided war powers act. As well, Ford's signing the Helsinki agreements over opposition helped bring an end to the Soviet Union--a human rights stand that gave Carter a foundation for his work. I believe the nation would have been better off with a Ford victory in 1976. Overall, Greenes work should be read by anyone wanting to study Ford's presidency. It is a valuable resource on an era few have studied.
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