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What makes a president great? Two of America's most prominent institutions, The Wall Street Journal and the Federalist Society, with the help of a wide array of eminent scholars, journalists, and political leaders, tackle this question in Presidential Leadership, the definitive ranking of our nation's chief executives. 

Based on a survey conducted by the Federalist Society and the Journal, Presidential Leadership examines presidential performance in this collection of provocative, enlightening essays written by a distinguished and diverse group of authors.

The survey included seventy-eight liberal and conservative scholars, balancing the sample to reflect the political makeup of the U.S. population as a whole. It represents the first national survey in book form that provides a complete ranking of the presidents, along with an appendix that explains the methodology in detail and includes a wide range of valuable data. The result is an important, fresh, and engaging book, rating the presidents from Washington to Clinton and including an early assessment of George W. Bush's presidency by Journal editorial page editor Paul Gigot. Nearly fifty contributors provide their insights, with one essay on each president or on a broader issue of presidential leadership.

Their compelling essays, packed with fascinating and often surprising insights, analyze the best and worst of our commanders in chief. Presidential Leadership is the lively result, at once a valuable reference and a tremendously readable collection. 

James Taranto has been editor of OpinionJournal.com, the website of The Wall Street Journal's editorial page, since its inception in 2000. He writes the site's "Best of the Web Today" column, the Journal's most popular online offering. He joined the Journal in 1996 as an editor of op-ed pieces, after spending five years as an editor at City Journal, the Manhattan Institute's quarterly of urban public policy. He attended California State University, Northridge, and lives in New York City.

 

Leonard Leo serves as executive vice president of the Federalist Society, an organization of 35,000 lawyers and other individuals committed to limited, constitutional government as envisioned by the framers of the Constitution. He has worked with the organization since 1991 and has practiced law in Washington, D.C., and New Jersey. He has co-edited and published several articles and monographs relating to presidential power. A graduate of Cornell University and Cornell Law School, he lives in Washington, D.C.

 

 


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