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Thirty experts from the worlds of politics, journalism, and academia came together in Austin, Texas, in April 2000 to take measure of that most unique of American national political institutions: the presidency. The result of their two-day encounter is a book that will fascinate anyone who has ever pondered the role of the presidency in American life. Readers will be entertained by the shrewd and witty introductory remarks of Cactus Pryor, Liz Carpenter, and Mark Shields. They will be inspired by the exchange between former Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter, close personal friends with both complementary and conflicting views on presidential history as well as current national priorities.
Readers can also expect to be provoked. That is assured by the experts who probe and debate such topics as the president's relations with the news media, the domestic and foreign policy agendas, and the future of the institution. The formal presentations on these topics frame the questions, but the informal "back and forth" is what clarifies where these thinkers locate themselves on some of the major questions now facing the latest Texan to reach the White House, President George W. Bush.
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