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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA (April 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199967792
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199967797
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #530,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Forgotten Presidents run the gamut, from the truly important like Grover Cleveland to the truly forgettable like William Henry Harrison. But in recovering these stories, Michael Gerhardt reminds us that every president leaves a trace. The occupants of the highest office exercised power to reshape the nation they inherited, and in doing so they all sparked constitutional debates and transformed the constitutional landscape. Even our forgotten presidents helped shape the world we live in; a lesson worth remembering today." -Keith E. Whittington, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics, Princeton University


"Forgotten but not gone. In these captivating stories, Professor Gerhardt shows how even our lesser presidents shaped the constitutional order and the political world that 21st century Americans inhabit." --Michael C. Dorf, Robert S. Stevens Professor, Cornell University Law School


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Michael Gerhardt is Samuel Ashe Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. A nationally recognized authority on constitutional conflicts, he has testified in several Supreme Court confirmation hearings, and has published five books, including The Power of Precedent.

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Michael J. Gerhardt is the Samuel Ashe Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law and the Director of the UNC Center on Law and Government at UNC-Chapel Hill. He has degrees from Yale University (BA), Londson School of Economics (M.Sc.) and the University of Chicago (JD). He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with his wife Deborah and their three sons Ben, Daniel, and Noah.

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If nothing else they didn't do anything positive.
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He had 4 appointments to the Supreme Court, tied for most between Washington and FDR.
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The book is also full of interesting historical nuggets.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By EWebb on April 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover
If so then this is the book for you.

All kidding aside this covers history's 13 most ignored presidents. It shows how most of them actually did something meaningful and gives the reader some basic trivia and facts that they may not have been aware of.

This is interesting reading. The author sets a good pace and makes some of the presidents who we may have known in name only come alive. Just enough here on each one to stay interesting, give you the facts and move on.

I would have liked to see more background on some of the history going on at the times these presidents were serving as usually less studied presidents serve during less studied historical eras.

Overall interesting and good background for those of us who will never get as in depth on Millard Fillmore as we would like.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By E Schwartz on April 11, 2013
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This book is a must-read for anyone who is a student of American history and American Presidents. Unlike many other historical authors, Gerhardt explains the importance of historical figures, party politics and events in the context of the entire arc of American history. These explanations gave me a sense of the enduring importance of these figures and parties (like the Whigs) in a way I had not appreciated before reading it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Diana Jones on June 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Gerhardt places the presidents' decisions within their historical context, which allows the reader to experience refreshing insights into the implication of each decision not only for the president's tenure but also for future generations and presidents. The material is grouped by subtopic in each chapter letting the casual reader ponder the ideas more easily and the scholar to clearly find supporting material for their own hypotheses. Along with many Americans I had high hopes for Jimmy Carter's presidency, I was pleased to see what he had accomplished and able to understand where he had falter. The book forces me to look more critically at the decisions being made today. Worth a second read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tehanu on August 26, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The "surprises" herein, courtesy of U.S.Constitution scholar Michael Gerhardt, consist of the important and often vital role played by 13 of our less colorful Chief Executives in defining the Presidency and the scope of the Federal Government. The story is exciting.
Obscure characters like Chester Alan Arthur, Franklin Pierce, Millard Fillmore, Martin van Buren, and Calvin Coolidge are brought to life and shown to be tough and highly effective.
Despite their pre-White House rhetoric about strict construction of the Constitution's grant of powers, once in office, these seemingly bland men got up on their hind legs and worked hard to extend federal involvement into new (and necessary) areas.
Protecting and expanding Presidential prerogatives flowed from self-preservation impulses and a simple desire to make the system work and correct its shortcomings.
This book should fascinate both American history buffs and legal-minded readers. Presidents who are ignored almost completely by high school and even college history classes are shown to be men of substance and even courage. The results of their actions are still with us.
Jimmy Carter comes in for some strong criticism from Gerhardt, who regards the Georgian as a man who never controlled his own narrative and made tactical errors, but the author is even-handed enough to credit Carter for his well-intentioned efforts (and a few successes).
In an intriguing Appendix, Gerhardt discusses his criteria for deciding which execs fit the forgotten-but-significant paradigm.
All in all, the book is a bit of a revelation. Even general readers with a slight interest in U.S.history will be educated and entertained.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By linda sloan on June 3, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a concisely written book about twelve of our country's leaders whose names we all know but little else. I enjoyed reading the book at leisure and pondering how the three branches of the government have been constantly in flux. Each president defined slightly differently their role and the role of the government and served as testament to the fact that the only constant is change. Gerhardt has an entertaining, subtle sense of humor and a way of making these histories accessible.
My grandson used this book for a power point presentation which he gave to his fifth grade class. This is not a fifth grade level book but it is written very clearly so that my grandson could scan the pages until he found some material he considered juicy enough to include in his report.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gderf on August 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover
It was not just Lincoln and FDR that faced significant constitutional issues. Rather than a re-introduction to forgotten presidents, this book is a reminder that every president faces legal controversy in his own inimical manner. Each has a unique and significant legacy.

The book is somewhat mis-titled. These are perhaps not the best known presidents but Tyler and Johnson are well remembered for their destructive effects on the party system. Grover Cleveland was an influential president who set the stage for modern politics. His issues are still extant today.

The book is very well written, well researched and informative. It fulfills expectations from the subtitle of an informative history focused on legal aspects of the cited administrations. Gerhardt is especially good at bringing in the advise and accomplishments of the succession of Secretaries of State and Attorneys General. He describes presidential relationships with supporters and opponents. He covers Constitutional legacy in terms of presidential authority, relations with Congress, role of cabinet, federalism, and Supreme Court appointments.

Martin Van Buren tried upholding the legacy of Andrew Jackson with strict adherence to Constitution. He upheld Jackson's Specie Circular until persuaded to repeal it in 1838. He declined to use constitutional power to combat economic economic downturn, the Panic of 1837. He considered slavery morally wrong, but opposed use of federal power to abolish slavery on constitutional grounds. He countenanced Calhoun's resolution demanding territories open to slavery. His administration saw the gag rule, the Amistad case and initiation of the Texas annexation issue that became significant later. VB opposed Texas annexation.
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