Advocates of a strong versus a weak presidency have struggled throughout American history, but never so fiercely as in the twentieth century, which saw the rise of progressivism. This is the story of four progressive presidents, from the first Roosevelt, who himself brought plenty of backbone to the office, to Woodrow Wilson , who articulated the theory of a progressive presidency, to FDR, who brought it unique power, and, finally, to Lyndon Johnson, who provided perhaps its last great surge in our century. In a time of progressive malaise, it is important to kw the history, to see the benefits as well as the liabilities, in the progressive presidential tradition. That is the aim and achievement of this book.
John Morton Blum is the author of many highly regarded books on American political history, including The Republican Roosevelt, V Was for Victory, and Years of Discord. He is a Sterling Professor Emeritus of History at Yale University.