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by Michael Nelson, Barbara A. Perry & Russell L. Riley Cornell University Press (July 08, 2016)

This book uses hundreds of hours of newly opened interviews and other sources to illuminate the life and times of the nation's forty-second president, Bill Clinton. Combining the authoritative perspective of...

Deceit on the Road to War

by John M. Schuessler Cornell University Press (July 31, 2015)

In Deceit on the Road to War, John M. Schuessler examines how U.S. presidents have deceived the American public about fundamental decisions of war and peace. Deception has been deliberate, he suggests, as presidents...

American Pendulum

by Christopher Hemmer Cornell University Press (September 04, 2015)

As new presidential administrations come into power, they each bring their own approach to foreign policy. No grand strategy, however, is going to be completely novel. New administrations never start with a...

Recapturing the Oval Office

by Brian Balogh & Bruce J. Schulman Cornell University Press (September 04, 2015)

Several generations of historians figuratively abandoned the Oval Office as the bastion of out-of-fashion stories of great men. And now, decades later, the historical analysis of the American presidency remains...

In the Shadow of FDR

by William E. Leuchtenburg Cornell University Press

A ghost has inhabited the Oval Office since 1945—the ghost of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. FDR's formidable presence has cast a large shadow on the occupants of that office in the years since his death, and...

Leaders at War

by Elizabeth N. Saunders Cornell University Press (February 03, 2011)

One of the most contentious issues in contemporary foreign policy-especially in the United States-is the use of military force to intervene in the domestic affairs of other states. Some military interventions...


by Michael Nelson & Barbara A. Perry Cornell University Press (March 04, 2014)

Although it lasted only a single term, the presidency of George H. W. Bush was an unusually eventful one, encompassing the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany, the dissolution of the Soviet...

For Fear of an Elective King

by Kathleen Bartoloni-Tuazon Cornell University Press (September 04, 2014)

In the spring of 1789, within weeks of the establishment of the new federal government based on the U.S. Constitution, the Senate and House of Representatives fell into dispute regarding how to address the...

Delivering the People’s Message

by Julia R. Azari Cornell University Press (March 18, 2014)

Presidents have long invoked electoral mandates to justify the use of executive power. In Delivering the People’s Message, Julia R. Azari draws on an original dataset of more than 1,500 presidential communications,...