As heads of the world’s largest military and economy, American presidents in the modern, globalized age tackle a near impossible task of leading the free world. Historians chart the executive’s rise from the limited role envisioned by the Founding Fathers to its current status as the most powerful job in the world.
Jeremi Suri is Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin and the author of The Impossible Presidency: The Rise and Fall of America's Highest Office. Sean Wilentz (moderator) is George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History at Princeton University.
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