A quick read but not always so precise about exactly which titles the modern presidents read.
This is such an informative and fun read! In addition to the presidential trivia about the books read, plays attended, movies watched, and later, radio then television programs enjoyed, Troy makes the point that popular culture in all its forms has always had a profound influence on the Presidency in particular. I was taught that popular culture greatly started to influence politics and the Presidency in the mid-20th century, especially during the Kennedy administration. Troy argues that the most successful presidents have understood and used the mediums of popular culture of their time to spread their ideas and policy objectives. He also points out actual habits, likes and dislikes versus perceived or cultivated images. The most important idea he presents is that the crucial component to ensure the success of the constitutional system of checks and balances is an educated and vigilant citizenry. Popular culture / mass culture has the power to change political trends and the nature of the Presidency; and the President, in his position, has the ability to influence popular opinion.
Informative and fairly well written. Troy is most informative and most interesting when he discusses the reading habits of every presideInt from Truman to Obama.
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