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From Washington to Obama, find data, facts, and figures in: Vital Statistics on the Presidency, Fourth Edition

June 3, 2014

Washington, DC - What was it like for George Washington to be the very first president of the United States? Now, in our completely different world, does President Obama’s job have any similarities to President Washington’s at all? The institution of the presidency is, in itself, worth study, even separated from the uniqueness of all the men who’ve held the office. That’s why the fourth edition of Vital Statistics on the Presidency from CQ Press is the go-to resource, offering researchers a huge amount of both crucial data and insight into the office of the presidency.

Readers get an expansive view of the presidency, which allows them to recognize major themes across administrations and to reach overall conclusions about the nature of the institution and its future. The illuminating data is put into context by thoughtful essays explaining key statistical patterns. Students, professional researchers, and interested citizens will get the facts on such key subject areas as

  • Presidents of the United States
  • Presidential Selection
  • Presidential Elections
  • Public Appearances
  • Public Opinions
  • Presidential Organization and the Executive Branch
  • Presidents in War and Diplomacy
  • Presidential Policymaking
  • Congressional Relations
  • The Presidency and the Judiciary

There is no other source that provides the wide range and depth of insight found in Vital Statistics on the Presidency, and this new edition is updated with the most recent information available, making it an intriguing and comprehensive reference to important patterns throughout the history of the presidency. Because it is the best resource of its kind, it should be a key component of all academic and public library collections.

Editor Lyn Ragsdale is the Dean of the School of Social Sciences, Radoslav A. Tsanoff Chair in Public Affairs, and Professor of Political Science at Rice University


CQ Press is a leading publisher of books, directories, reference publications, and textbooks focusing on the U.S. government, world affairs, communication, political science, and business, with a growing focus on digital content. Based in Washington, DC, CQ Press is an imprint of SAGE, the world’s leading independent academic and professional publisher (, and is known in classrooms, libraries, and professional markets for its objectivity, breadth, and depth of coverage, and editorial excellence.

Vital Statistics on the Presidency, Fourth Edition
June 2014                  624 pages         $150.00
Cloth ISBN: 978-1-4522-9993-8            eISBN: 978-1-4522-9991-4

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