Hail to the chiefs
With July 4 coming up and a presidential campaign underway, here are three books about our nation's highest office.
Presidents in Florida: How the Presidents Have Shaped Florida and How Florida Has Influenced the Presidents (Pineapple Press) by James C. Clark is a look at presidents and the Sunshine State: Washington saw it as enemy territory, Franklin Roosevelt stayed at the Don CeSar, and — well, let's not think about the 2000 election.
Selecting a President (Thomas Dunne Books) by Eleanor Clift and Matthew Spieler makes the process clear from primaries to inauguration, as well as relating the history of our presidential elections and how they have changed.
Where They Stand: The American Presidents in the Eyes of Voters and Historians (Simon & Schuster) by Robert W. Merry classifies our presidents as Leaders of Destiny (six, ranging from Lincoln and Washington to FDR), Utter Failures (Buchanan, Filmore) and others in between.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor