Why were some Presidents successful in their
relations with Congress and with foreign leaders-
and others not? What is the impact of the "First Hundred Days" in office? David Abshire discusses how different
Presidents have walked, stumbled, and climbed up to definitive
moments in their Presidencies.
Prepared originally by the Center for the Study of the
Presidency as a nonpartisan guide to help the President Elect
2000 better understand the potential pitfalls and unintended
consequences of his actions, Triumphs and Tragedies of the Modern Presidency (2001) now makes
available to every American the unique insights of these insiders
as they guide the reader through the stories behind the headlines,
the thinking behind the decisions, the personal struggles, the
politics, the disappointments. Rich in humanity as well as in
history, it is invaluable to the understanding of the tumultuous
events of the past eighty years, told in everyday terms by some
of our greatest journalists and Presidential scholars.
Abshire is president of the Center for the Study of the
Presidency and vice chairman of the board of the Center for
Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. The
Center for the Study of the Presidency was inspired by President
Dwight Eisenhower and founded by R. Gordon Hoxie. After 30
years in New York it has recently moved its offices to the nation's
capital. It publishes Presidential Studies Quarterly, hosts student
conferences, prepares policy reports for the President.