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  1. Recommended Books 2 items
    Sections from the following two books cover most of the material on the module (except for the presidencies of Obama and Trump). Page numbers from these books corresponding to the topics we cover are given in the week by week Module Overview towards the end of this handbook. In addition, please see Canvas for weekly reading suggestions.
    1. The modern American presidency - Lewis L. Gould c2009

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    2. American Caesars: lives of the presidents from Franklin D. Roosevelt to George W. Bush - Nigel Hamilton 2010

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  2. Recommended Journals 3 items
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  3. General Reading 130 items
    1. The performance of politics: Obama's victory and the democratic struggle for power - Jeffrey C. Alexander 2010

      Book Recommended

    2. Obama power - Jeffrey C. Alexander, Bernadette N. Jaworsky 2014

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    3. Weary policeman: American power in an age of austerity - Dana H. Allin, Erik Jones 2012

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    4. Days of fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House - Peter Baker 2013

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    5. The presidential character: predicting performance in the White House - James David Barber c1992

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    6. First families: an intimate portrait from the Kennedys to the Clintons - Harry Benson, Gigi Benson, David Friend c1997

      Book Recommended

    7. American political parties in the 21st century - David Blevins 2006

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    8. American politics today - William T. Bianco, David T. Canon 2011

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    9. The once and future king: the rise of crown government in America - F. H. Buckley 2014

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    10. The Bush doctrine and the war on terrorism: global responses, global consequences - Mary Buckley, Robert Singh 2006

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    11. Decision points - George W. Bush 2011

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    12. Bill and Hillary: the politics of the personal - William Henry Chafe 2012

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    13. The powers of the presidency - Congressional Quarterly, inc 2013

      Book Recommended

    14. A defining moment: the presidential election of 2004 - William J. Crotty 2005

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    15. America unbound: the Bush revolution in foreign policy - Ivo H. Daalder, James M. Lindsay 2003

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    16. Ronald Reagan: the politics of symbolism - Robert Dallek 1999

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    17. John F. Kennedy - Robert Dallek 2011

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    18. The rise of the president's permanent campaign - Brendan J. Doherty 2012

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    19. Contemporary America - Russell Duncan, Joseph Goddard 2013

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    20. The Oxford handbook of the American presidency - George C. Edwards, William G. Howell 2009

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    21. Watergate: the corruption and fall of Richard Nixon - Fred Emery 1994

      Book Recommended

    22. The American presidents ranked by performance - Charles F. Faber, Richard B. Faber 2006

      Book Recommended E-book is 2nd edition

    23. Angler: the shadow presidency of Dick Cheney - Barton Gellman 2008

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    24. The presidency of John F. Kennedy - James N. Giglio 2006

      Book Recommended 1st edition 1991 also available

    25. The modern American presidency - Lewis L. Gould c2009

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    26. The hidden-hand presidency: Eisenhower as leader - Fred I. Greenstein c1982

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    27. The ends of power - H R. Haldeman, Joseph DiMona 1978

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    28. The effective presidency: lessons on leadership from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush - Erwin C. Hargrove c2008

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    29. The survivor: Bill Clinton in the White House - John F. Harris 2005

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    30. The battle for America 2008: the story of an extraordinary election - Haynes Johnson, Daniel J. Balz 2009

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    31. The cult of the presidency: America's dangerous devotion to executive power - Gene Healy, Cato Institute c2008

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    32. Game change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the race of a lifetime - John Heilemann, Mark Halperin c2010

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    33. American political cartoons: the evolution of a national identity, 1754-2010 - Stephen Hess, Sandy Northrop 2011

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    34. The first black president: Barack Obama, race, politics, and the American dream - Johnny Bernard Hill 2009

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    35. No one left to lie to: the triangulations of William Jefferson Clinton - Christopher Hitchens 1999

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    36. Popular government in the United States: foundations and principles - Charles S. Hyneman 2010

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    37. Bending history: Barack Obama's foreign policy - Martin Indyk, Kenneth Lieberthal, Michael E. O'Hanlon 2012

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    38. Campaigning for president 2012: strategy and tactics - Dennis W. Johnson 2014

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    39. Sleepwalking through history: America in the Reagan years - Haynes Johnson c1991

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    40. The 2008 U.S. Presidential Elections: a story in four acts - Erik Jones, Salvatore Vassallo 2009

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    41. Obama's agenda: the challenges of a second term - Kenneth Jost 2013

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    42. In defense of the Bush doctrine - Robert Gordon Kaufman 2007

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    43. Lyndon Johnson and the American dream - Doris Kearns 1976

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    44. The political presidency: practice of leadership - Barbara Kellerman 1984

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    45. The Obama victory: how media, money, and message shaped the 2008 election - Kate Kenski, Bruce W. Hardy, Kathleen Hall Jamieson c2010

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    46. Watergate: a brief history with documents - Stanley I. Kutler 2010

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    47. The spectacle of history: speech, text, and memory at the Iran-Contra hearings - Michael Lynch, David Bogen 1996

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    48. American politics and society - David McKay 2009

      Book Recommended E-book is the 8th edition

    49. The elections of 2012: outcomes and analysis - Chuck McCutcheon 2013

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    50. To the best of my ability: The American presidents - James M. McPherson 2004

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    51. The Republican Party and American Politics from Hoover to Reagan - Robert Mason 2011

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    52. Judging Bush - Robert Maranto, Tom Lansford, Jeremy Johnson c2009

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    53. The president's words: speeches and speechwriting in the modern White House - Michael Nelson, Russell L. Riley c2010

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    54. The elections of 2012 - Michael Nelson 2014

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    55. Watergate: the presidential scandal that shook America - Keith W. Olson 2003

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    56. Restless giant: the United States from Watergate to 9/11 - James T. Patterson 2005

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    57. The Clinton charisma: a legacy of leadership - Donald T. Phillips 2008

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    58. The candidate: what it takes to win - and hold - the White House - Samuel L. Popkin c2012

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    59. Weapons of mass deception: the uses of propaganda in Bush's war on Iraq - Sheldon Rampton, John C. Stauber 2003

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    60. Campaign journal 2008: a chronicle of vision, hope, and glory - Carlos J. Rangel c2009

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    61. President Reagan: the triumph of imagination - Richard Reeves 2006

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    62. The bridge: the life and rise of Barack Obama - David Remnick 2010

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    63. Understanding the Bush doctrine: psychology and strategy in an age of terrorism - Stanley Allen Renshon, Peter Suedfeld 2007

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    64. The Obama presidency: appraisals and prospects - Bert A. Rockman, Andrew Rudalevige, Colin Campbell c2012

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    65. The postmodern president - Richard Rose 1991

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    66. Religion and the American presidency - Mark J. Rozell, Gleaves Whitney 2007

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    67. Panorama of a presidency: how George W. Bush acquired and spent his political capital - Steven E. Schier c2009

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    68. The imperial presidency - Arthur M. Schlesinger 1974

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    69. White House ghosts: presidents and their speechwriters - Robert Schlesinger 2008

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    70. The Cuban Missile Crisis in American memory: myths versus reality - Sheldon M. Stern 2012

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    71. Presidential facts: topical lists, comparisons and statistics - Edward S. Skinner 2006

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    72. The presidency of Richard Nixon - Melvin Small 1999

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    73. A companion to Richard M. Nixon - Melvin Small 2011

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    74. Presidential campaign communication - Craig Allen Smith 2015

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    75. The power game: how Washington works - Hedrick Smith 1989, c1988

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    76. The week the world stood still: inside the secret Cuban missile crisis - Sheldon M. Stern 2005

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    77. Not even past: Barack Obama and the burden of race - Thomas J. Sugrue 2010 (electronic resource)

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    78. The arrogance of power: the secret world of Richard Nixon - Anthony Summers 2000

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    79. Test by fire: the war presidency of George W. Bush - Robert H. Swansbrough 2008

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    80. Presidential leadership: rating the best and the worst in the White House - James Taranto, Leonard Leo c2004

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    81. How Barack Obama won: a state-by-state guide to the historic 2008 presidential election - Chuck Todd, Sheldon R. Gawiser, Ana Maria Arumi, G. Evans Witt 2009

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    82. Baptism by fire: eight presidents who took office in times of crisis - Mark K. Updegrove c2008

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    83. Wives of the American presidents - Carole Chandler Waldrup c2006

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    84. The co-presidency of Bush and Cheney - Shirley Anne Warshaw c2009

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    85. JFK and LBJ: the influence of personality on politics - Tom Wicker 1991

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    86. Listening in: the secret White House recordings of John F. Kennedy - Edward L. Widmer, John F. Kennedy Library. Foundation 2012

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    87. Reagan's America - Garry Wills 2000

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    88. Under God: religion and American politics - Garry Wills c1990

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    89. Bomb power: the modern presidency and the national security state - Garry Wills 2010

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    90. The myth of presidential representation - B. Dan Wood 2009

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    91. LBJ: architect of American ambition - Randall Bennett Woods 2006

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    92. All the President's men - Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward 1987

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    93. Obama's wars - Bob Woodward 2011

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    94. Assessing the George W. Bush presidency: a tale of two terms - Andrew Wroe, Jon Herbert c2009

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