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See How They Ran: The Changing Role of the Presidential Candidate, Revised and Explanded Edition Paperback – March 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press; Rev Sub edition (March 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674796802
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674796805
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,403,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

McGill University history professor Troy offers an original, fascinating and admirably focused account of American presidential campaigns from George Washington to George Bush. The author sees the evolution of campaigns as an attempt to balance the contradictions of republican and democratic principles inherent in our government since the nation was founded: "The president was to be both king and prime minister, a national figurehead and the people's representative." Up to and including the candidacy of Andrew Jackson--whose election is said to have signaled the triumph of popular democracy--candidates "stood" for rather than "ran" for office. In 1880 James Garfield's single brief trip from his native Ohio to New York introduced "stumping," which figured prominently in William Jennings Bryant's 1896 campaign. In Troy's view, Theodore Roosevelt was first to manipulate the press; Franklin Roosevelt used the radio to greatest advantage; and Dwight Eisenhower's aides made TV a potent weapon. Troy does not adopt the common view that the presidential election process has degenerated; instead he sees merely a shift in emphasis.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Troy's scholarship successfully demonstrates that Americans have a long tradition of frustration with presidential campaigns. He shatters the mythic notion that campaigns in the "good old days" were dignified contests waged by scrupulously worthy candidates. Thoroughly authoritative, his study is not meant to supplant Arthur Schlesinger Jr. and Fred Israel's comprehensive standard, Histo ry of American Presidential Elections, 1789-1968 ( LJ 9/15/71); rather it relates in colorful and personal detail the conduct of presidential candidates since 1840 in their struggle to meet the sometimes whimsical, often conflicting expectations of the electorate. A unique acquisition for collections emphasizing politics and government and essential reading for followers of political contests.
- Susan E. Parker, Harvard Law Sch. Lib.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Gil Troy is a leading presidential historian, and one of today's most prominent activists in the fight against the delegitimization of Israel. He is Professor of History at McGill University, and a Research Fellow in the Shalom Hartman Institute's Engaging Israel Program. Professor Troy's writings have appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, and other major media outlets. He writes a weekly column for The Jerusalem Post, and is Editor-at-Large of The Daily Beast's Open Zion blog. He is a sought-after public speaker.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Dickerson on April 27, 2012
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If you love political campaigns this is a book for you. I've re-read it every election cycle. Each time I learn something new and interesting.
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By Brooke Ferenczy on February 27, 2013
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This book was in the condition it claimed it would be and it arrived quickly. I enjoyed reading it for my class on presidential elections :)
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