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Presidents & the Presidency

Essays by Stephen Hess

By Stephen Hess
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This book contains a collection of Stephen Hess’s best essays on the presidency. Written over a fifteen year period, the essays selected are just as relevant today as when they were first published. Each essay says something useful about the office of the presidency or a specific president.


The book includes:


•”Presidential Qualities,” originally published when Richard Nixon was president, addresses the characteristics we should want in a chief executive regardless of whether or not we agree with him.


•”Why Great Men Are Not Chosen Presidents: Lord Bryce Revisited” asks whether changes in the process by which we select presidential candidates would result in different kinds of people seeking office.


•”Toward a More Functional Presidency,” written after Watergate, rethinks the appropriate role of the president and offers a job description.

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