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Rating the Presidents: A Ranking of U.S. Leaders, from the Great and Honorable to the Dishonest and Incompetent Hardcover – January, 1997
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This is interesting, if flawed, subjective, and everything else you might say about such a list. Unfortunately, the editors had another 300 pages to fill, and didn't take advantage of the opportunity. The rest of the book is a series of short biographical essays on each of the Presidents. And although the book might qualify as a Handy Reference, it's still pretty lame. Most of the essays are badly written, and they include all the hackneyed phrases and events that surround each President.
The writers tried to weave the Presidential ratings and comments from the "experts" into each essay, but they did a lousy job. Instead of providing fresh analysis, they tacked on some information about the poll into a standard, clichéd biography on each President. Any history undergraduate could have written these essays, with a single biography of each President as their only guide. That's probably what these guys did.
In the final analysis, the chart does not justify the existence of this book. The authors should have simply published the results of their survey in a magazine.