Make-Believe Presidents: Illusions of Power from Mckinley to Carter

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Make-Believe Presidents: Illusions of Power from Mckinley to Carter

By Nicholas von Hoffman
Pantheon, 1978
256 pp. $8.95
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A gadfly's mixture of flippancy, hyperbole, and conventional historical wisdom masquerading as insight. The argument is that Presidents are not omnipotent emperors but creatures of the interest groups who wield power in America. The author's intent is to combat complacency, but his vehicle is lightweight.