Did Thomas Jefferson Ruin the Presidency?

Did Thomas Jefferson Ruin the Presidency?
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Nothing gets people talking about the presidency like an election year. For months, the country debates which candidate would make the best or most effective leader. The present election cycle has taken this dynamic to new extremes because President Trump has either saved or destroyed the presidency, depending on who you ask.

Into this fray comes Stephen Knott's new book, The Lost Soul of the American Presidency. Knott, a presidential scholar with an affinity for George Washington and Alexander Hamilton, uses the standards set by these men as a jumping-off point to explain what he calls the presidency's "decline into demagoguery."

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