Rating the Presidents: Washington to Clinton

  title={Rating the Presidents: Washington to Clinton},
  author={Arthur Meier Schlesinger},
  journal={Political Science Quarterly},
  • A. Schlesinger
  • Published 22 January 1997
  • History
  • Political Science Quarterly
My father, the historian Arthur M. Schlesinger, started it all nearly half a century ago. In 1948 he asked fifty-five leading historians how they rated the American presidents. The results, published in Life magazine just before Harry Truman confounded the prophets and won reelection, excited much interest and also much controversy. In 1962 the New York Times Magazine prevailed upon my father to repeat the poll. Again much interest and much controversy. In 1996 the New York Times Magazine asked… 

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