The American Vice Presidency: From Irrelevance to Power

The American Vice Presidency: From Irrelevance to Power


The American Vice Presidency is an all-inclusive exam of the vice presidency all through American heritage. Acclaimed political journalist and writer Jules Witcover chronicles all of the forty seven vice presidents, together with their own biographies and their achievements--or lack thereof--during their vice presidential tenures. He explores how the jobs and duties have been first topic to the whims of the presidents below whom they served, yet got here in time to be multiplied by way of enlightened leader executives and the tasks of the vice presidents themselves. Constitutionally assigned merely to preside over the Senate as they stand through to fill a presidential emptiness, early vice presidents have been left to languish in irrelevance and ineffectiveness; simply in contemporary many years have vice presidents received--or taken--more strength. specifically, Walter Mondale, Al Gore, Dick Cheney, and Joe Biden have undertaken better and extra major obligations. Witcover studies the political maneuvering and manipulation that reworked the vice presidency from mere comfort prize to de facto assistant presidency. The American Vice Presidency, an insightful, revealing examine this oft-dismissed place of work, is a must have for enthusiasts of behind-the-scenes political history.

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