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The Presidents We Imagine

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Author: Jeff Smith
Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press
ISBN: 9780299231835
Size: 24.51 MB
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Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 391
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In such popular television series as The West Wing and 24, in thrillers like Tom Clancy’s novels, and in recent films, plays, graphic novels, and internet cartoons, America has been led by an amazing variety of chief executives. Some of these are real presidents who have been fictionally reimagined. Others are “might-have-beens” like Philip Roth’s President Charles Lindbergh. Many more have never existed except in some storyteller’s mind. In The Presidents We Imagine, Jeff Smith examines the presidency’s ever-changing place in the American imagination. Ranging across different media and analyzing works of many kinds, some familiar and some never before studied, he explores the evolution of presidential fictions, their central themes, the impact on them of new and emerging media, and their largely unexamined role in the nation’s real politics. Smith traces fictions of the presidency from the plays and polemics of the eighteenth century—when the new office was born in what Alexander Hamilton called “the regions of fiction”—to the digital products of the twenty-first century, with their seemingly limitless user-defined ways of imagining the world’s most important political figure. Students of American culture and politics, as well as readers interested in political fiction and film, will find here a colorful, indispensable guide to the many surprising ways Americans have been “representing” presidents even as those presidents have represented them. “Especially timely in an era when media image-mongering increasingly shapes presidential politics.”—Paul S. Boyer, series editor “Smith's understanding of the sociopolitical realities of US history is impressive; likewise his interpretations of works of literature and popular culture. . . .In addition to presenting thoughtful analysis, the book is also fun. Readers will enjoy encounters with, for example, The Beggar's Opera, Duck Soup, Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward, Philip Roth's Plot against America, the comedic campaigns of W. C. Fields for President and Pogo for President, and presidential fictions that continue up to the last President Bush. . . . His writing is fluid and conversational, but every page reveals deep understanding and focus. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readers.”—CHOICE

Public Papers Of The Presidents Of The United States

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Author: United States. President
Publisher:
ISBN:
Size: 67.10 MB
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Category : Presidents
Languages : en
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"Containing the public messages, speeches, and statements of the President", 1956-1992.

Public Papers Of The Presidents Of The United States William J Clinton

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Author: United States. President (1993-2001 : Clinton)
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Size: 60.64 MB
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Category : Electronic books
Languages : en
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The Presidential Odyssey Of John Glenn

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Author: Richard F. Fenno
Publisher: Cq Press
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Size: 70.65 MB
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Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 302
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Fenno (political science, U. of Rochester) chronicles Senator Glenn's 1984 quest for the Democratic party's nomination for president. He hypothesizes that Glenn's view of public office as "another hitch in the marines" and his mistrust of the political deal--the essence of politics--fostered an unrealistic concept of the presidential campaign. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Public Papers Of The Presidents Of The United States

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Author: United States. President
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Size: 44.35 MB
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Category : Presidents
Languages : en
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"Containing the public messages, speeches, and statements of the President", 1956-1992.

The Methodist New Connexion Magazine And Evangelical Repository

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The Poultry Monthly

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Size: 60.53 MB
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Category : Poultry
Languages : en
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The Vaccination Inquirer And Health Review

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Size: 70.67 MB
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Merry S Museum And Parley S Magazine

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Size: 45.18 MB
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Category : New York (N.Y.)
Languages : en
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The Presidents The Prime Ministers

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Author: Lawrence Martin
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Size: 78.70 MB
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Category : Canada
Languages : en
Pages : 300
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Official Journal Of The European Communities

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The President S Gold Mine

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Author: Albert Harding
Publisher: Behrman House Publishing
ISBN: 9780682489386
Size: 11.29 MB
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Category : Gold mines and mining
Languages : en
Pages : 190
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When international financiers threaten to bankrupt the U.S. by depleting its gold reserves, the President sends mining expert Matt Brady to gold country in Arizona to enact a scheme that will restore economic confidence.

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