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“In this election year, anyone interested in the future of the nation's leadership will find this examination of the past a useful guide.”
“Felzenberg has crafted a very interesting and worthwhile read.”
James M. McPherson, author of Battle Cry of Freedom and This Mighty Scourge: Perspectives on the Civil War
“Alvin Felzenberg has written an incisive, readable book in which he offers detailed evaluations of presidents according to several key criteria. His rankings contain some surprises, with which not everyone will agree, but all readers will be stimulated and will come away better informed than before.”
Harold Holzer, Co-chairman, U.S. Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission
“Alvin Felzenberg puts Lincoln and several other presidents in the full context of their times and ours, shedding much new light on those we thought we knew well, and taking a fresh look at some we need to know better. The sections on Abraham Lincoln, the most elusive of all presidents, adds much to the field of Lincoln studies and should not be missed."
Walter Isaacson, CEO of the Aspen Institute and author of Einstein: His Life and Universe
“This book goes beyond the parlor game of rating presidents and digs deeply into what qualities truly matter. By doing so, Al Felzenberg has produced a smart and fascinating look at the impact our great presidents have had.”
John J. DiIulio Jr., Frederic Fox Leadership Professor, University of Pennsylvania
“This book sets a new standard, not only for presidential studies but for leadership studies generally. In an enlightening and entertaining fashion, Felzenberg lays bare how and why some presidents have translated vision into transformational and sustainable action while others have not. For political scientists and anyone else who thinks understanding leadership matters, this book is not only must-reading but must-knowledge.”
“Felzenberg is to be credited with bringing to the presidential-ratings game a quality that had been sorely lacking: an opportunity to debate.”
“This book should be regarded as a ‘must read’ for its remarkable and thought-provoking insights as to how all of us as responsible citizens should evaluate our leaders -- past, present and future.”
“Alvin Stephen Felzenberg has brought forward so much impeccable scholarship that The Leaders We Deserved (and a Few We Didn’t) merits the Gold Star Seal for rating presidents. As of now, it is the yardstick.”
I felt this book was very balanced and took in so many attributes of the presidents. That is: Leadership, Wars, Recessions, Financial Decisions. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Kindle Customer
In The Leaders We Deserved (And a Few We Didn’t): Rethinking the Presidential Rating Game, Alvin S. Felzenberg argues that presidential surveys, where participants rank U.S. Read morePublished 19 months ago by K. Willmore
One does not have to agree with his analysis to appreciate his methodology in rating the presidents. Read morePublished on August 15, 2013 by Frank W. Jackson
When you start feeling bad about the government, just thumb through, and you'll know it could have been worse.
Every kid bored with history should get this book.
I went into the book with a mild bias against the author for political reason, and
I read the book with that bias in mind. Read more
This book takes a new tact on ranking American presidents. Not only does it evaluate what presidents actually "did do" but also what they "did not do" and how their actions stand... Read morePublished on December 26, 2011 by Dayton Lavon Kitchens
Alvin Felzenberg is dissatisfied with the criteria historians use to rank U.S. presidents. His concerns range from the rating methods to the biasing effects of historians'... Read morePublished on December 22, 2011 by John M. Ford
This book is a blatant attempt to recast presidential ratings in a more conservative light. I got about halfway through the book before I grew tired of reading that "Ronald Reagan... Read morePublished on November 20, 2011 by mehsab