The American Presidency is part information and history. From the historical sense it shows the growing pains of the executive branch and the tug of war that has existed between it and the legislature and judiciary, sometimes being pulled between the other two branches, each way being as our Founders intended.This very short introduction describes how the presidency began to define itself through crises and struggle to become what has become today.
Presidents often inherit more responsibility than they want or bargain for. Years of developing programs into law mean the president must devote time to policies that interfere with the changes he wants to make to define him and his presidency, and the president is often credited with or blamed for economic fortunes for which he has less control than the chairman of the Fed. Current circumstances bear this out with President Obama being credited with growth or blamed for economic growth being too slow.
This book always answered questions for answers I wanted but was too lazy to look up. When did the Democratic-Republican Party cease to exist, and when was the Democratic Party born? It turns out it was Andrew Jackson who was the last of one and the first of the other. The book also lists the presidents, their party, their percentage of electoral votes and popular vote, and the least important of all, their vice presidents. Supreme Court decisions affecting the president are also listed.
Author, Charles O. Jones, is trying to convey information rather than interest, and gives more information than I will wager the average American knows. It is also one of those books in which you have to be completely absorbed in what you are reading or you might find you've gone on to the next page without being able to recount what you read on the previous one. As I said, it's for information, not for enjoyment.
It's a book I have read from time to time, just as the Constitution bids the president to do with the State of the Union. "He shall from time to time...."
Perhaps you will, from time to time, read this too.