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When Life Strikes the President: Scandal, Death, and Illness in the White House

Jeffrey A. Engel and Thomas J. Knock


This collection explores what happens when life, so to speak, strikes the President of the United States: how illness, personal loss, and scandal have affected a president’s ability to lead, shaped presidential decision-making in critical moments, and perhaps even altered the course of events. Thus, the volume reveals alternately the frailty, the humanity, and the strength of character of the twelve presidents under scrutiny. It also illuminates a considerable span of American history and provides new and significant analyses of American politics and foreign policy. Twelve scholars known for t ... More

Keywords: White House scandals, presidential leadership, Jackson, Tyler, Pierce, Lincoln, Coolidge, Wilson, Roosevelt, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Reagan, Clinton

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190650759
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190650759.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey A. Engel, editor
Director, Center for Presidential History, Southern Methodist University

Thomas J. Knock, editor
Professor of History and Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor, Southern Methodist University