A progressive statesman and an outspoken opponent of slavery, many of John Quincy Adams’s beliefs foreshadowed those of Abraham Lincoln and his Republican Party. Unlike Lincoln, however, the sixth President of the United States has been largely overlooked by modern Americans. Drawing on unpublished archival material, biographer Fred Kaplan shines new light on the legacy of this visionary leader.
Three journalists explore the evolving relationship between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton—from the political rivalry that defined the 2008 presidential primaries to their powerful professional partnership—and consider how their similarities and differences came into play during the first four years of Obama’s presidency and how they will affect their respective futures.
How have media and literature shaped the leadership styles and worldviews of our nation’s highest office? From Jefferson to Lincoln and Bush to Obama, two renowned presidential historians provide an in-depth look into this timeless question.
The Years of Lyndon Johnson: The Passage of Power – Fifty Years Ago Tomorrow: John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and November 22, 1963
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The most frustrating and triumphant years of Lyndon Johnson’s career were from 1958 to 1964, when he went from Senate Majority Leader to Vice President to having the Presidency thrust upon him in a moment of crisis. Through Johnson’s eyes, Robert A. Caro discusses Kennedy’s assassination, the dynamics of political power play, and the pragmatic potential of a President to transform the nation.