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Presimetrics: What the Facts Tell Us About How the Presidents Measure Up On the Issues We Care About Hardcover – August 18, 2010
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You can look at the pictures and come to your own conclusions about how most post WW II presidents stacked up and by extension, their parties' policies. The authors back up their analysis through pictures with a lively and amusing text, which spans 50 years of history in trying to explain what the analyses show. While the work is occasionally a bit too sophisticated for a lay audience, the authors explain as they go, providing a great education on how things work.
A warning: Republicans often do worse when compared against Democrats, but it's not as easy as that. On many topics the presidential results are mixed, and the reader is encouraged to question the data and the results. After having read this book, you will come away more educated and challenged, regardless of your belief system.
This book would be good for anyone to read. If you have the intelligence level to read from beginning to end then no matter your particular political leanings you will learn something.
Published in 2010, the analysis covers the administrations of Eisenhower to George W. Bush, with brief inclusions of earlier presidents where there is sufficient data. It takes into account all sorts of possible arguments about what the results show and recalculates the results to take those points into account. For instance, tables might show what occurred during a President's tenure, and then what occurred during it without counting the first year. And yes, the results do defy expectations and party propaganda. It appears things aren't quite as bad when the other guys are in control as might be advertised (and not quite as good when one's own party is in power).
Topics include: Real GDP (gross domestic product) per Capita; Fiscal Responsibility; Debt (What the Real GDP Leave Out); Employment; Income and Wealth; Republican Issues; Taxes; Democratic Issues; Health Care; Crime; The Public Mood; Family Values; Investing in the Future (infrastructure). A conclusion brings it all together and gives an overall ranking of the presidents of the last 60 years based on how they scored in each of the topics mentioned above.Read more ›
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Disgustingly objective and data driven evaluation of Presidential Administrations from Eisenhower to GW Bush, attacked and evaluated by comprehensive data in a great variety of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Robert W. Lobsinger
The analysis is accurate but the significance of the results is unclear. The sample size is small (the number of Democratic vs. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Warren Stromberg
Interesting facts, but seemed to be slanted toward the democrats. The facts are the facts, but numbers can be fine-tuned to support any position.Published 15 months ago by Brian Summers
The metrics used in this book are mostly put out by the government itself but it does make very valid and interesting points. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Matthew D Hood
Overall, this book presents a fairly objective look at comparing Presidential performance. Although the author's bias shows in their commentary, it does not show in their numbers. Read morePublished on December 28, 2012 by Dave
This is an outstanding book and a must-read for anyone who votes. The authors have produced a well-written fact-based assessment of presidential performance in virtually every... Read morePublished on October 24, 2012 by jray
This excellent book relies on an exhaustive compilation of bare facts, based mostly on Government data, which show trends as diverse as gross domestic product and rate of... Read morePublished on October 5, 2012 by David Mohr
It is a shame that this book has gone unnoticed. Jon Stewart maybe? I have been searching for resources that will navigate through the rubbish presented by the media, politicians,... Read morePublished on August 1, 2012 by Amazon Customer