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Harold Holzer, The President vs. The Press, 1st ed., Signed

Press vs President-From The First to the Current Occupant of the Office

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Harold Holzer’s The President vs The Press takes a long look at sometimes cordial but usually contentious relationship that U. S. Presidents have had with the media.

Every president has been convinced of his own honesty and transparency; every reporter who has covered the White House beat has believed with equal fervency that his or her journalistic rigor protects the country from danger. Our first president, George Washington, was also the first to grouse about his treatment in the newspapers, although he kept his complaints private. Subsequent chiefs like John Adams, Abraham Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson, and Barack Obama were not so reticent, going so far as to wield executive power to overturn press freedoms, and even to prosecute journalists.

Theodore Roosevelt was the first president to actively manage the stable of reporters who followed him, doling out information, steering coverage, and squashing stories that interfered with his agenda. It was a strategy that galvanized TR’s public support, but the lesson was lost on Woodrow Wilson, who never accepted reporters into his inner circle. Franklin Roosevelt transformed media relations forever, holding more than a thousand presidential press conferences and harnessing the new power of radio, at times bypassing the press altogether. John F. Kennedy excelled on television and charmed reporters to hide his personal life, while Richard Nixon was the first to cast the press as a public enemy. From the days of newsprint and pamphlets to the rise of Facebook and Twitter, each president has harnessed the media, whether intentional or not, to imprint his own character on the office.

In this remarkable new history, acclaimed scholar Harold Holzer examines the dual rise of the American presidency and the media that shaped it. From Washington to Trump, he chronicles the disputes and distrust between these core institutions that define the United States of America, revealing that the essence of their confrontation is built into the fabric of the nation.

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Holzer, Harold. THE PRESIDENT VS. THE PRESS: THE ENDLESS BATTLE BETWEEN THE WHITE HOUSE AND THE MEDIA. New York: Penguin Random. 2020; 554p; d.j., 1st ed; illus, bibliography, notes, index. 

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Weight 3 lbs
Dimensions 11 × 8 × 5 in