Historical Dictionary of the U.S. Presidency

By (author) Richard S. Conley

Hardback - £123.00

Publication date:

14 December 2015

Length of book:

550 pages


Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN-13: 9781442257641

This book covers the development of the presidential office within the context of constitutional interpretations of presidential power and socio-political and economic developments, as well as foreign affairs events, from 1789-2015. It provides details on the men who have held the office, and biographies of vice presidents, unsuccessful candidates for the office, and noteworthy Supreme Court and other appointees.

The Historical Dictionary of the U.S. Presidency contains a chronology, an introduction, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 300 cross-referenced entries on the development of the institution of the presidency, and details the personalities, domestic and foreign policy governing contexts, elections, party dynamics and significant events that have shaped the office from the Founding to the present day. This book is an excellent resource for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about the U.S. Presidency.
“In this highly engaging volume, Conley delivers a very valuable and user-friendly reference tool for scholars, students, and the general public alike. Readers have at their fingertips a “big picture” historical summary of the American presidency, a sound chronology of key events, and a comprehensive dictionary jam-packed with entries covering presidential figures, other key political actors, institutional structures and functions, events, as well as a bounty of essential terminology. Conley further provides readers with references to a large assortment of other scholarly works useful for comparative purposes and more in-depth exploration. This is no run-of-the-mill dictionary – this volume represents an opportunity to sample vital and unique historical insights on the presidency through the eyes and mind of one of our top scholars in the field.” --José Villalobos, Associate Professor of Political Science and the Provost’s Faculty Fellow-in-Residence in the Center for Civic Engagement, University of Texas at El Paso