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Michael Nelson, a former editor of the Washington Monthly, is the Fulmer Professor of Political Science at Rhodes College and a senior fellow at the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs. Among his recent books is The American Presidency: Origins and Development, 1776-2007, with Sidney M. Milkis (Congressional Quarterly).
Articles by Michael Nelson
Clinton Defeats Trump--Not!
In many ways, Nixon was decisive in Trump's victory.
Richard Russo's small-town Eden.
Sex scandals in American politics have a long history.
How a man--and a city--changed the world.
ESPN's 30 for 30 gets a lot right.
A CRB toast to Sinatra in his own words: "Cent'anni. May you live for 100 years. And may the last voice you hear be mine."
As important players in the government they had brought about, Madison, Hamilton, Jay, and Washington cashed their winning tickets on the four-horse parlay that secured the Constitution.
How civil rights went wrong.
A review of Collision 2012: Obama vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America, by Dan Balz; The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies, by Jonathan Alter; After Hope and Change: The 2012 Elections and American Politics, by James W. Ceaser, Andrew E. Busch, and John J. Pitney, Jr. The Gamble: Choice and Chance in the 2012 Presidential Election, by John Sides and Lynn Vavreck; and A Bad Day On The Romney Campaign: An Insider's Account, by Gabriel Schoenfeld
A review of The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, by Robert A. Caro
A review of Eisenhower 1956: The President's Year of Crisis—Suez and the Brink of War, by David A. Nichols; Eisenhower: The White House Years, by Jim Newton; and Eisenhower in War and Peace, by Jean Edward Smith
The careful balance of civil-military relations.
A review of Frank: The Voice, by James Kaplan
Where should America get her military officers?
What is it about Roberto Clemente that makes him an American hero?