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Presidential Travel: The Journey from George Washington to George W. Bush Hardcover – April 22, 2008
"The Black Presidency"
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"Succeeds not only as a history of presidential travel, but also as an inquiry into the complex relationship between American citizens and their chief executive. Original, insightful, and brimming with colorful detail." -- Alan Schroeder
"A superb tour of presidential travel and its deeper meanings. Ellis finds a fresh way to see presidents, power, and the American people. The fascinating historical detail adds up to a sober reflection of lost republican ideals. Wise, lively, elegant, fun, and vexing." -- James A. Morone
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"A superb tour of presidential travel and its deeper meanings. Ellis finds a fresh way to see presidents, power, and the American people. The fascinating historical detail adds up to a sober reflection of lost republican ideals. Wise, lively, elegant, fun, and vexing."--James A. Morone, author of Hellfire Nation: The Politics of Sin in American History
"A fascinating and eminently readable work that provides a distinctive perspective on American social and political development."--Fred I. Greenstein, author of The Presidential Difference
"An indispensable guide to peripatetic presidents and the impact of their journeys on the nation's highest office."--Lewis L. Gould, author of The Modern American Presidency
"With customary insight, thoroughness, and literary grace, Ellis reveals how the presidency has become `regal' as seen through the prism of presidential travel."--Michael Nelson, editor of The American Presidency: Origins and Development
"Perceptive and provocative, this lively study of presidential `road trips' provides a novel perspective on the two-century evolution of the office."--Bruce Miroff, author of The Liberals' Moment: The McGovern Insurgency and the Identity Crisis of the Democratic Party
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Ellis documents well not only the journeys, but preparations for them, and the responses they engendered within the U.S. For instance, his discussion of Lincoln's train trip to Washington in 1861 clearly indicates the relationship between the chief executive moving through the population and the expectations of the populace when confronted with a presidential visit.
Perhaps the fundamental change to presidential travel came as a result of the development of transportation. When a president traveled by horseback or in a carrage, even on the boat on a waterway, the trip was both slow and arduous, and required close contact with the people living along the route. Railroad travel separated the president somewhat from the people along the route as it roared past houses, farms, and fields and the president could stay in a private car. But even then the so-called "whistle stop" tours engaged the public. With the advent if air travel, the president's accessibility to the public took a much more difficult turn as he then flew from location to location without many, if any, intermediate stops along the way. The classic image of George W. Bush flying in Air Force One over the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 rather than participating in the action on the ground brought home the disconnectedness of presidential travel from fellow citizens of the U.S.Read more ›