History Department
History Department

"The Impossible Presidency: The Rise and Fall of America's Highest Office" by Jeremi Suri (History Faculty New Book Talk)

Tue, March 20, 2018 | GAR 4.100

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

The History Faculty New Book Series presents:

The Impossible Presidency: The Rise and Fall of America's Highest Office
(Basic Books, September 2017)

by Jeremi Suri
Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs, University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Suri’s faculty profile page and home page

In The Impossible Presidency, celebrated historian Jeremi Suri charts the rise and fall of the American presidency, from the limited role envisaged by the Founding Fathers to its current status as the most powerful job in the world. He argues that the presidency is a victim of its own success-the vastness of the job makes it almost impossible to fulfill the expectations placed upon it. As managers of the world's largest economy and military, contemporary presidents must react to a truly globalized world in a twenty-four-hour news cycle. There is little room left for bold vision.

Suri traces America's disenchantment with our recent presidents to the inevitable mismatch between presidential promises and the structural limitations of the office. A masterful reassessment of presidential history, this book is essential reading for anyone trying to understand America's fraught political climate.

Jeremi Suri holds the Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a professor in the University's Department of History and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. Professor Suri is the author and editor of nine books on contemporary politics and foreign policy. Professor Suri's research and teaching have received numerous prizes. In 2007 Smithsonian Magazine named him one of America's "Top Young Innovators" in the Arts and Sciences. His writings appear widely in blogs and print media. Professor Suri is also a frequent public lecturer and guest on radio and television programs.

No RSVP needed, however please email cmeador@austin.utexas.edu to receive a copy of the reading selection to be discussed.

Sponsored by: Institute for Historical Studies in the Department of History; International Relations and Global Studies;

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