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"The Presidency Of Gerald R. Ford"

University Press of Kansas

Gerald Ford became the 38th president of this country only because his predecessor, Richard Nixon, resigned the office. His presidency lasted only 865 days because he was defeated for election on his own by Jimmy Carter. So the question becomes: Why is Gerald Ford’s presidency worth examining?

On this edition of Up to Date, historian John Robert Greene tells Steve Kraske just how skilled a politician Ford was and how crucial his leadership became as the country worked to come out of the shadow of the first U.S. President to resign the position.


  • John Robert Greene is the Paul J. Schupf Professor of History and Humanities at Cazenovia College and the author of The Presidency of Gerald R. Ford.

Hear More: John Robert Greene speaks at 6:30 this evening at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library. Reserve a seat by sending an RSVP.


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