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