The American president

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  • Ten one-hour documentaries that focus on different aspects of character and governing style of the men who have served as president of the United States.


  • Features: full-motion chapter selection menu screens
  • "Based on the book 'The American president' published by Riverhead Books"--Container.
  • DVD
  • Closed captioned.


  • [v. 1] A matter of destiny: episode 1. Family ties (J.Q. Adams, B. Harrison, F. Roosevelt, Kennedy) ; episode 2. Happenstance (Tyler, Fillmore, A. Johnson, Arthur, Truman) -- [v. 2] Politics and the presidency: episode 3. An independent cast of mind (J. Adams, Taylor, Hayes, Carter) ; episode 4. The professional politician (Van Buren, Buchanan, Lincoln, L. Johnson) -- [v. 3] Executive vision: episode 5. The American way (Jefferson, Coolidge, Hoover, Reagan) ; episode 6. The world stage (Monroe, McKinley, Wilson, Bush) -- [v. 4] The candidate: episode 7. The heroic posture (Washington, W.H. Harrison, Grant, Eisenhower) ; episode 8. Compromise choices (Pierce, Garfield, Harding, Ford) -- [v. 5] An office and its powers: episode 9. Expanding power (Jackson, Cleveland, T. Roosevelt, Nixon) ; episode 10. The balance of power (Madison, Polk, Taft, Clinton)
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