Hatred of America's Presidents: Personal Attacks on the White House from Washington to Trump (Hardcover)

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Hatred of America's Presidents: Personal Attacks on the White House from Washington to Trump By Lori Cox Han (Editor) Cover Image
By Lori Cox Han (Editor)
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Description


This work examines expressions of personal hostility and animosity toward presidents--even beloved ones--throughout American history and their impact on policymaking, politics, and culture.

People involved or simply interested in politics often ask whether today's political environment is more toxic than ever before. Hatred of America's Presidents: Personal Attacks on the White House from Washington to Trump presents an impartial and authoritative history of invective toward the White House so readers can determine the answer for themselves.

The book focuses on the most representative and commonplace attacks of a vitriolic and personal nature, detailing who instigated and trafficked in the attacks and how presidents, administrations, and political parties defended themselves. It also illustrates how honest disagreements about policy--such as FDR's New Deal, Ronald Reagan's Central America policies, George W. Bush's invasion of Iraq, and Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act--fueled expressions of hatred and condemnation. Finally, the book includes perspectives from both the right and the left on the legitimacy of these attacks and the victims' defenses as well as their impact on American politics and policy.

About the Author


Lori Cox Han is Professor of Political Science at Chapman University in Orange, California. She is the author of several books on the presidency, news media, and women in politics.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781440854361
ISBN-10: 144085436X
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
Publication Date: June 15th, 2018
Pages: 416
Language: English