Tuesday, August 20, 2013

"Gerald R. Ford: An Honorable Life" by James Cannon

ISBN: 978-0-472-11604-1
Hardcover $35.00
Author James Cannon has given us a very interesting look into the life of President Gerald R. Ford. As one would expect, this is a well-written and informative book that details the inside story of happenings inside the White House during the administration of President Nixon. The author believed that Nixon was guilty of covering up any White House investigation.

The story of Gerald R. Ford's move into the office of  leader of the most powerful nation on Earth is presented with clarity and forthrightness. The Nation was already traumatized by the Vietnam War, rising inflation, and, of course, the Watergate crises. The author shows us why Gerald R. Ford was the perfect President to end the fear that gripped the American people during this period of fearful transition. Through Gerald Ford's honest work-ethic and humble down-to-earth character, he restored the country's trust in its government.

President Ford established government committees that continued during the next six presidencies. His Economic Policy board of "EPB" became very popular with the country and displayed Ford's economic expertise. President Ford called on Ronald Rumsfield and eventually Richard Cheney to slowly help turn around the corrupt administration that still lingered after he became president.

This is an exception read and hard-to-put-down. I highly recommend it for acquisition in any library and for a special volume in the home library of those who love history. (reviewed M.Hicks)

About the author: James Cannon was a journalist, serving notably as a war correspondent in Korea and vice president of Newsweek, as well as Domestic Policy Adviser to President Ford and Chief of Staff to Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker. He published several books, including an authorized biography of Ford, Time and Chance: Gerald Ford’s Appointment with History (University of Michigan Press, 1998). - See more at: http://www.press.umich.edu/135548/gerald_r_ford#sthash.1vfSx6Fk.dpuf

DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy of Gerald R. Ford: An Honorable Life by James Cannon was provided in exchange for our honest review by the University of Michigan Press. No compensation was received for this review.

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