David J. Siemers is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh and author of The Antifederalists: Men of Great Faith and Forbearance and Ratifying the Republic: Antifederalists and Federalists in Constitutional Time.

“Applying his own finely honed understanding of the utility of theory for performance, David J. Siemers analyzes three presidents from the founding era (Adams, Jefferson, and Madison) and three from the twentieth century (Wilson, FDR, and Clinton). The results make fascinating reading for students of the presidency as Siemers portrays the role of political theory in presidential management of events (providing a bonus rendering on Obama).”—Charles O. Jones, author of The American Presidency: A Very Short Introduction

“This is an excellent book, one that deserves a place on the bookshelves not only of political theorists and presidency scholars, but also of the informed public.”—Paul Schumaker, author of Critical Pluralism, Democratic Performance, and Community Power 

Presidents and Political Thought makes a significant contribution to the history of American political thought, to our understanding of presidential leadership, and to our understanding of the relation between political theory and political practice.”—James H. Read, author of Power versus Liberty: Madison, Hamilton, Wilson, and Jefferson

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