• Provides credible presidential rankings that American citizens can use to make smarter political choices that could affect the nation's ability to extricate itself from the Great Recession
• Presents desperately needed additional analysis—not opinion—on the public political debate to enable Americans to understand the context of our policy-making and be less easily swayed by ideology and platitudes
• Reveals the strengths and weaknesses of both Republicans and Democrats in specific areas
• An appendix provides the official data upon which the rankings are based
"In an election year, a simple measure for evaluating the economic performance of US presidents is alluring. This
effort updates the author's earlier work, An Economic Record of Presidential Performance: From Truman to Bush (CH, Jul'96, 33-6402). Carroll's evaluation method is simple but subjective. . . . Summing Up: Recommended."
Considering the performance of U.S. presidents in terms of how their decisions strengthened or eroded the economic health of the nation can provide valuable lessons on the best strategies for managing our economy. Today, with the United States still struggling to recover from the Great Recession, and unprecedented economic challenges stemming from developing first-world nations, smarter policy making and economic action is sorely needed.
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