Post-World War II Politics


Post-World War II Politics: Liberalism, Conservatism, and Presidential Leadership


For more information on the modern presidency and politics visit The American Presidency and for information on presidential campaigns: Campaigns and Elections.

Berman, Willam C. America’s Right Turn from Nixon to Clinton. (1998)

Carter, Dan T. From George Wallace to Newt Gingrich: Race in the Conservative Counterrevolution 1963-1994. (1996)

Fraser, Steve, and Gary Gerstle, eds. Rise and Fall of the New Deal Order, 1930-1980. Princeton UP, 1989.

Greenstein, Fred I. The Presidential Difference : Leadership Style from FDR to George W. Bush. Princeton, N.J. ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, 2004.

Edsall, Thomas B. and Mary D. Edsall. Chain Reaction: The Impact of Race, Rights, and Taxes on American Politics. (1991)

Fraser Steve and Gary Gerstle, eds. The Rise and Fall of the New Deal Order, 1930-1980. (1989)

Katz, Michael. The Undeserving Poor: From the War on Poverty to the War on Welfare. (1989)

Markowitz, Norman. The Rise and Fall of the People’s Century: Henry A. Wallace and American Liberalism, 1941-1948 (1973).

Kuklick, Bruce. The Good Ruler: Herbert Hoover to Richard Nixon. New Brunswick: Rutgers Press, 1988.

Rossinow, Doug. The Politics of Authenticity: Liberalism, Christianity and the New Left in America. New York : Columbia University Press, 1998.

Stein, Judith. Running Steel, Running America: Race, Economic Policy, and the Decline of Liberalism. (1998)

Harry S. Truman, 1945-1953

Hamby, Alonzo. Beyond the New Deal: Harry S. Truman and American Liberalism. (1973).

Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1953-1961

Ambrose, Stephen E. Eisenhower. New York : Simon and Schuster, 1983-1984.

Greenstein, Fred I. The Hidden-Hand Presidency : Eisenhower as Leader. New York : Basic Books, 1982.

McAuliff, Mary S. “Commentary: Eisenhower, The President,” Journal of American History 68 (1981): 625-632.

Meyer, Michael S. “With Much Deliberation and Some Speed: Eisenhower and Brown,” Journal of Southern History 52 (1985): 43-76.

Parmet, Herbert S. Eisenhower and the American Crusades. New York, Macmillan 1972.

John F. Kennedy, 1961-1963

For more a more comprehensive listing on the life and presidency of John F. Kennedy visit: President John F. Kennedy

Dallek, Robert. An Unfinished Life : John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963. Boston : Little, Brown, and Co., 2003.

Parmet, Herbert S. JFK: The Presidency of John F. Kennedy. New York: Penguin Books, 1983.

White, Mark J. Missiles in Cuba : Kennedy, Khrushchev, Castro and the 1962 crisis. Chicago : Ivan R. Dee, 1997.

Lyndon B. Johnson, 1963-1969

For more a more comprehensive listing on the life and presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson visit: President Lyndon B. Johnson

Bernstein, Irving. Guns or Butter: The Presidency of Lyndon Johnson. New York : Oxford University Press, 1996.

Conkin, Paul K. Big Daddy From the Pedernales: Lyndon Baines Johnson. Boston : Twayne Publishers, 1986.

Dallek, Robert. Flawed Giant : Lyndon Johnson and His Times, 1961-1973. New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.

Dallek, Robert. Lyndon B. Johnson : Portrait of a President. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004.

Kearns, Doris. Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream. New York : Harper & Row, 1976.

Matusow, Allen J. The Unraveling of America: A History of Liberalism in the 1960s. New York : Harper & Row, c1984.

Richard M. Nixon, 1969-1974

For more a more comprehensive listing on the life and presidency of Richard M. Nixon visit: President Richard M. Nixon

Ambrose, Stephen. Nixon. volume 2. 1962-1972. NY: Simon and Schuster, 1991.

Hoff, Joan. Nixon Reconsidered. (1994)

Kutler, Stanley. The Wars of Watergate. New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1990.

Matusow, Allen J. Nixon’s economy : booms, busts, dollars, and votes. Lawrence, Kan. : University Press of Kansas, 1998.

Parmet, Herbert S. Richard Nixon and his America. Boston : Little, Brown, 1990.

Ronald Reagan, 1981-1989

For a complete bibliography of books on the life and Presidency of Ronald Reagan visit the site: Ronald Reagan and the 1980s

Cannon, Lou. President Reagan : The Role of a Lifetime. New York : Simon & Schuster, 1991.

Dallek, Matthew. The Right Moment : Ronald Reagan’s First Victory and the Decisive Turning Point in American Politics. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004.

Dallek, Robert. Ronald Reagan : The Politics of Symbolism : with a new preface. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1999.

Matlock, Jack F. Reagan and Gorbachev : How the Cold War Ended. New York : Random House, 2004.

Pemberton, William. Exit With Honor: The Life and Presidency of Ronald Reagan. Armonk, N.Y. : M.E. Sharpe, 1997.

George H. W. Bush, 1989-1993

Barilleaux, Ryan J. Power and Prudence : The Presidency of George H.W. Bush. College Station : Texas A&M University Press, 2004.

Beschloss, Michael R. and Strobe Talbott. At the Highest Levels : The Inside Story of the End of the Cold War. Boston : Little, Brown, 1993.

Bush, Barbara. Barbara Bush : a Memoir. New York : Scribner’s Sons, 1994.

Bush, George and Brent Scowcroft. A World Transformed. New York : Knopf ; Distributed by Random House, 1998.

Duffy, Michael and Dan Goodgame. Marching in Place : The Status Quo Presidency of George Bush. New York : Simon & Schuster, 1992.

Feldman, Leslie D. and Rosanna Perotti. Honor and Loyalty : Inside the Politics of the George H.W. Bush White House. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2002.

Graubard, Stephen Richards. Mr. Bush’s War : Adventures in the Politics of Illusion. New York : Hill and Wang, 1992.

Bill Clinton, 1993-2001

Auerswald, Philip; Christian Duttweiler, and John Garofano, eds. Clinton’s Foreign Policy : a Documentary Record. The Hague ; New York : Kluwer Law International, 2003.

Berman, William C. From the Center to the Edge : The Politics and Policies of the Clinton Presidency. Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2001.

Campbell, Colin and Bert A. Rockman, eds. The Clinton Legacy. New York : Chatham House, 2000.

Clinton, Bill. My life. New York : Knopf, 2004.

Clinton, Hillary Rodham. Living History. New York : Simon & Schuster, c2003

Conason, Joe. The Hunting of the President : The Ten-Year Campaign to Destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton. New York : St. Martin’s Press, 2000.

Schier, Steven E. The Postmodern Presidency : Bill Clinton’s Legacy in U.S. Politics. [Pittsburgh] : University of Pittsburgh Press, 2000.

Schmidt, Susan and Michael Weisskopf. Truth at Any Cost : Ken Starr and the Unmaking of Bill Clinton. New York : HarperCollinsPublishers, 2000.

Starr, Kenneth. The Starr Report : the Findings of Independent Counsel Kenneth W. Starr on President Clinton and the Lewinsky Affair. With analysis by the staff of the Washington Post. New York : PublicAffairs, 1998.

Walton, Hanes. Reelection : William Jefferson Clinton as a Native-Son Presidential Candidate. New York : Columbia University Press, 2000.

George W. Bush, 2001-2009

Greenstein, Fred I. The George W. Bush Presidency : An Early Assessment. Baltimore, Md. ; London : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003.

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