"Brilliant." George Will, Newsweek, June 29, 1992.
"Writing in 1988, I argued that The Rhetorical Presidency was right in all its essentials, and beseeched political scientists to center future presidential studies on its perceptive interpretations and practical insights. Now, some two decades and one White House experience later, I must revise that assessment. Upward, that is. . . . The Rhetorical Presidency has proven to be even better as political development crystal ball than it was as a rear view mirror." - John J. DiIulio, Critical Review (Fall 2007)
"Over the past few years the conceptual foundations of presidential studies have been recast. Jeffrey Tulis's The Rhetorical Presidency stands . . . as one of the benchmarks of the new formulation. . . . a formidable piece of scholarship."--Stephen Skowronek, The Review of Politics
From the Back Cover
"This book is full of good writing, sound judgment, and the exactly appropriate rhetoric for an analysis of the rhetorical presidency. Everyone is aware of references to the presidency as a bully pulpit and to presidents as great (or poor) communicators. But it takes a book like Tulis's to put all this together as an essential, perhaps the essential, political dimension of the presidency."--Theodore J. Lowi, Cornell University
"Making an image for presidents today is a sham rhetoric that must be judged within the history of presidential rhetoric since the Founding. In this brilliant and original work, Jeffrey Tulis finds a new aspect on the presidency and rediscovers a forgotten topic in political science." -- Harvey C. Mansfield, Jr., Harvard University