The presidency of Gerald R. Ford

The presidency of Gerald R. Ford

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This is the first comprehensive study of one of our most popular yet most misunderstood presidents. Reaching well beyond the image of Ford as qhealerq of a war-torn and scandal-ridden nation. John Robert Greene extends and revises our understanding of Ford's struggles to restore credibility to the presidency in the wake of Watergate and Vietnam. Based on extensive interviews and a wealth of recently declassified documents, Greene reveals new evidence on Ford's role in Watergate and challenges the prevailing view of the infamous Mayaguez incident. He argues persuasively that Ford made no qdealq with Nixon but that his pardon of Nixon was costly nonetheless, for it shadowed his entire presidency thereafter. Greene also shows that the Mayaguez catastrophe was less a simple qrescue missionq than it was an attempt to revive sagging political fortunes by attacking Cambodia. In addition, Greene details Ford's rise to prominence within the Republican party; chronicles the president's problematic relations with his staff, the new Democratic Congress, and Ronald Reagan; sheds new light on the selection and performance of Vice President Nelson Rockefeller; offers new insights into the election of 1976; and provides the first in-depth look at Ford's clemency program for Vietnam era draft evaders.Richard A. Loverd, aquot;Presidential Decision Making during the 1975 New York Financial Crisis: A Conceptual Analysis, aquot; Presidential Studies ... the Pursuit of Stability, 1969-1976 (Cambridge, Eng.: Cambridge University Press, 1984), has become a classic thematic interpretation. ... Roger Morris, Uncertain Greatness: Henry Kissinger and American Foreign Policy (New York: 234 BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ESSAY.

Title:The presidency of Gerald R. Ford
Author:John Robert Greene
Publisher:Univ Pr of Kansas - 1995-01


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