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  • Cathy Adam
    September 9, 2019
    I’ve only begun reading this book but I am hooked. I’ve started with the president’s elected since my first vote. It’s very interesting to contrast the historical view of their presidency vs my recollections as a young activist whose first election was that of Richard Nixon. Fast forward to the chapter on Donald Trump and again, the historical perspective of what is happening today is reassuring as we have seen history repeat itself. It’s also a great conversation piece.
  • Allan Winkler
    July 22, 2019
    Presidential histories abound in scholarly, well thought out, footnoted editions. What distinguishes this particular book is that is transcribed from conversations--conversations with superb interviewers at C-SPAN--giving the reader a different take on what the historians think. It is more about what sticks out to them in the moment, what they feel about the men and administrations they have studied so intimately, rendering it something of a snapshot of what is in the mind of these presidential scholars. We haven't put it down since it arrived.
  • Judith Dulle
    July 19, 2019
    Very informative. Author's perspectives are very interesting. Wonder how perspectives from the 90s would change if interviewed today. Like inclusion of first ladies impact as well.
  • Jim Winkates
    June 28, 2019
    It's a great resource, perhaps the best yet on assessing our 45 presidents. My top criticism is that the editors should have been more titanic in ensuring the many authors focused on the men as presidents, their accomplishments, failures, and sins of omission, not on their pre-presidential lives. As expected, I differ with multiple rankings -Jefferson, Kennedy, Reagan way too high. Polk and Jackson too high. Arthur way too low. Let the parlor debate begin.
  • Paul L
    May 27, 2019
    Hi, I have not started the book yet! But it looks great, and I love the authors and C-SPAN. It is on my summer beach reading stack. Feel free to contact me after Labor Day for real input.
  • Ruben Corral
    May 13, 2019
    History...what a gem of a historical book. Awesome, yet a wonderful insight into our Country's Presidents' mold as leaders. To embrace each talent man's Life (hopefully a woman POTUS soon...too!), is wrapping one's curiosity and love of history everytime one opens the book. I love it, and thank you CSPAN historians for a wonderful pleasure. Respectfully, Ruben Corral
  • Ridgeley
    May 13, 2019
    Fun read! What's really interesting is comparing the author interviews from the '90s with more recent ones. There was little or no discussion of the presidents' regard for women, minorities, LGBTQ in older interviews (not a word about Reagan's reaction to the AIDS crisis), but much discussion in the more recent.