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Looking beyond the individual office holders to the office itself, this third edition of Vital Statistics on the Presidency covers George Washington's tenure through the 2008 primary season. The book's expansive view of the presidency allows readers to recognize major themes across administrations, and reach overall conclusions about the nature of the institution and its future. The illuminating data is put into context by thoughtful essays explaining key statistical patterns, making this third edition an intriguing and comprehensive reference to important patterns throughout the history of the presidency.

Presidential Policymaking
Presidential policymaking

On September 24, 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued Executive Order No. 10730, directing the secretary of defense to order the Arkansas National Guard into the service of the United States. The Guard was to protect nine African-American teenagers ...

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