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Baptism by fire : eight presidents who took office in times of crisis

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  • 973.099 U66 (CEN)

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1st ed.

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Thomas Dunne Books,

Physical Description

x, 292 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.


Presents accounts of eight U.S. presidents who assumed office at times of crisis and how they met high-stakes challenges, from Lincoln's efforts on behalf of a divided nation and FDR's strategies during the Depression to Truman's inheritance of World War II and Kennedy's role in addressing the Cold War.


  • George Washington : the first
  • Thomas Jefferson : "We are all Republicans, we are all Federalists"
  • John Tyler : the accidental president
  • Abraham Lincoln : "The Union is unbroken"
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt : nothing to fear
  • Harry S. Truman : "If you pray, pray for me now"
  • John F. Kennedy : "The torch has been passed"
  • Gerald R. Ford : "Our long national nightmare is over".

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