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William Leuchtenburg: The American President 

When: Sun., Jan. 31, 2 p.m. 2016



FLYLEAF BOOKS—Amid the hue and cry over whether the Affordable Care Act constitutes an abuse of presidential power, William E. Leuchtenburg's The American President is especially germane to our current political zeitgeist. Beginning with Teddy Roosevelt's sudden ascent to the presidency following the assassination of William McKinley and his subsequent "bully pulpit" activism, the author traces the evolution of the executive branch with telling anecdotes, character-defining moments and episodes of high drama that marked the tenures of the past century's 17 chief executives. In doing so, he charts how the White House occupant and the nation itself rose to the peak of world power. Leuchtenburg, a noted presidential scholar and professor of history at UNC-Chapel Hill, elucidates how the presidency has been altered both by transformational figures like FDR as well as by ineffectual, even maligned, personages like Warren G. Harding, who nevertheless left his stamp on the office through the creation of the Bureau of the Budget. 2 p.m., free, 752 Martin Luther King Blvd., Chapel Hill, 919-942-7373, www.flyleafbooks.com. —David Klein



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