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The Presidents 

A historical compendium of the 42 men who have served as the chief executive of the United States taking us from George Washington to George W. Bush. Each segment discusses the highlights and often lowlights of the men who have served.
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Edward Herrmann ...  Narrator 8 episodes, 2005
H.W. Brands ...  Himself - Author, 'TR: The Last Romantic' / ... 3 episodes, 2005
Douglas Brinkley ...  Director, 'Eisenhower Center' / ... 3 episodes, 2005
Richard Brookhiser Richard Brookhiser ...  Himself - Author, Founding Fathers / ... 3 episodes, 2005
Walter Cronkite ...  Himself - Journalist 3 episodes, 2005
Jimmy Carter ...  Himself - US President (1977-1981) 3 episodes, 2005
James Chace James Chace ...  Himself - Author, '1912: The Election That Changed the Country' / ... 2 episodes, 2005
Robert Dallek ...  Himself - Presidential Historian 2 episodes, 2005
Mel Elfin Mel Elfin ...  Himself - Washington Bureau Chief for Newsweek (1965-1985) 2 episodes, 2005
Eric Foner Eric Foner ...  Himself - Professor of History, Columbia University 2 episodes, 2005
William M. Fowler Jr. William M. Fowler Jr. ...  Himself - Director of Massachusetts Historical Society 2 episodes, 2005
David Gergen ...  Himself - Former Presidential Advisor 2 episodes, 2005
John Robert Greene John Robert Greene ...  Himself - Professor at Cazenovia College / ... 2 episodes, 2005
Walter Isaacson ...  Himself - President, The Aspen Institute 2 episodes, 2005
Zachary Karabell Zachary Karabell ...  Himself - Author, 'Chester Alan Arthur' / ... 2 episodes, 2005
Thomas J. Knock Thomas J. Knock ...  Himself - Author, 'To End All Wars' 2 episodes, 2005
James M. McPherson James M. McPherson ...  Himself - Editor, 'To the Best of My Ability' 2 episodes, 2005
Hugh Sidey Hugh Sidey ...  Author, 'Hugh Sidney's Portraits of the Presidents' / ... 2 episodes, 2005
Richard Norton Smith Richard Norton Smith ...  Himself - Presidential Historian 2 episodes, 2005
Ken Ackerman Ken Ackerman ...  Himself - Author, 'Dark Horse' 1 episode, 2005
Judith Anderson Judith Anderson ...  Herself - Author, 'Taft: An Intimate History' 1 episode, 2005
James A. Baker James A. Baker ...  Himself - White House Chief of Staff (1981-1985) / ... 1 episode, 2005
Jean Baker Jean Baker ...  Herself - Professor of History, Goucher College 1 episode, 2005
Paul Bergeron Paul Bergeron ...  Himself - Editor, 'The Papers of Andrew Johnson' 1 episode, 2005
Carol Berkin Carol Berkin ...  Herself - Author, A Brilliant Solution 1 episode, 2005
Larry Berman Larry Berman ...  Himself - Professor, UC Davis 1 episode, 2005
Alan Brinkley Alan Brinkley ...  Himself - Provost, Columbia University 1 episode, 2005
Michael L. Bromley Michael L. Bromley ...  Himself - Author, 'William Howard Taft and the First Motoring Presidency' 1 episode, 2005
Charles Calhoun Charles Calhoun ...  Himself - Author, 'Benjamin Harrison' 1 episode, 2005
Thomas Y. Cartwright Thomas Y. Cartwright ...  Himself - Director, Carter House Museum 1 episode, 2005
Wesley Clark ...  Himself - U.S. Army 1 episode, 2005
Catherine Clinton Catherine Clinton ...  Herself - Gilder Lehrman Center, Yale University 1 episode, 2005
John Milton Cooper John Milton Cooper ...  Himself - Author, 'Breaking the Heart of the World' 1 episode, 2005
Tom Culbertson Tom Culbertson ...  Himself - Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center 1 episode, 2005
Thomas J. DiLorenzo Thomas J. DiLorenzo ...  Himself - Author, 'The Real Lincoln' 1 episode, 2005
Bob Dole ...  Himself - Former U.S. Senator 1 episode, 2005
Sam Donaldson ...  Himself - White House Correspondent 1 episode, 2005
Robert Ferrell Robert Ferrell ...  Himself - Professor Emeritus of History at Indiana University 1 episode, 2005
Annette Gordon-Reed Annette Gordon-Reed ...  Herself - Author, An American Controversy 1 episode, 2005
David Greenberg David Greenberg ...  Himself - Author, 'Nixon's Shadow: The History of an Image' 1 episode, 2005
Warren G. Harding III Warren G. Harding III ...  Himself - Grandnephew of President Warren G. Harding 1 episode, 2005
Sam W. Haynes Sam W. Haynes ...  Himself - Author, James K. Polk and the Expansionist Impulse 1 episode, 2005
Harold Holzer Harold Holzer ...  Himself - Author, 'Lincoln at Cooper Union' 1 episode, 2005
Daniel Walker Howe Daniel Walker Howe ...  Himself - Author, Making the American Self 1 episode, 2005
Morton Keller Morton Keller ...  Himself - Professor Emeritus of History at Brandeis University 1 episode, 2005
David M. Kennedy David M. Kennedy ...  Himself - Professor of History at Stanford University 1 episode, 2005
Marvin Kitman Marvin Kitman ...  Himself - Author, Making of the President 1 episode, 2005
Roger McGrath Roger McGrath ...  Himself - Author / ... 1 episode, 2005
Roy Morris Roy Morris ...  Himself - Author, 'Fraud of the Century' 1 episode, 2005
Michael Nelson Michael Nelson ...  Himself - Author, The Evolving Presidency 1 episode, 2005
Leon Panetta ...  Himself - U.S. Congressman (1977-1993) 1 episode, 2005
James Rees James Rees ...  Himself - Executive Director, Historic Mount Vernon 1 episode, 2005
Richard Reeves Richard Reeves ...  Himself - Author / ... 1 episode, 2005
John Seigenthaler Sr. ...  Himself - Author, James K. Polk 1 episode, 2005
Samuel C. Slaymaker Samuel C. Slaymaker ...  Himself - Executive Director, James Buchanan Foundation 1 episode, 2005
Theodore Sorensen Theodore Sorensen ...  Himself - Former Special Counsel to President Kennedy 1 episode, 2005
Allan Spetter Allan Spetter ...  Himself - Author, 'The Presidency of Benjamin Harrison' 1 episode, 2005
Mark Summers Mark Summers ...  Himself - Author, 'Rum, Romanism & Rebellion' 1 episode, 2005
Evan Thomas ...  Himself - Newsweek 1 episode, 2005
Hans L. Trefousse Hans L. Trefousse ...  Himself - Author, 'Andrew Johnson: A Biography' 1 episode, 2005
Timothy Walch Timothy Walch ...  Himself - Director of Herbert Hoover Presidential Library & Museum 1 episode, 2005
Peter A. Wallner Peter A. Wallner ...  Himself - Author, 'Franklin Pierce: N.H.'s Favorite Son' 1 episode, 2005
Susan Ware Susan Ware ...  Herself - Historian, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study 1 episode, 2005
Harry Watson Harry Watson ...  Himself - Author, Andrew Jackson vs. Henry Clay 1 episode, 2005
George Bush ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2005
George W. Bush ...  Himself 6 episodes, 2005
Bill Clinton ...  Himself 3 episodes, 2005
Calvin Coolidge ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 2005
Dwight D. Eisenhower ...  Himself (archive footage) 2 episodes, 2005
Gerald Ford ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2005
Warren G. Harding ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 2005
Benjamin Harrison Benjamin Harrison ...  Himself (archive footage) unknown episodes
Rutherford B. Hayes Rutherford B. Hayes ...  Himself (archive footage) unknown episodes
Lyndon Baines Johnson ...  Himself (archive footage) 3 episodes, 2005
John F. Kennedy ...  Himself (archive footage) 4 episodes, 2005
William McKinley ...  Himself (archive footage) 1 episode, 2005
Richard Nixon ...  Himself (archive footage) 4 episodes, 2005
Ronald Reagan ...  Himself (archive footage) 4 episodes, 2005
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A historical compendium of the 42 men who have served as the chief executive of the United States taking us from George Washington to George W. Bush. Each segment discusses the highlights and often lowlights of the men who have served.

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Meet the men who have served in the highest office in the land from George Washington to George W. See more »


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2005 (USA) See more »

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The Presidents: The Lives and Legacies of the 43 Leaders of the United States See more »

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(9 parts)

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Am I Alone?
17 April 2005 | by kluxenSee all my reviews

I felt that this documentary series shown on the History Channel was delightfully enlightening. The documentaries were based off of the James Mcpherson book To the Best of My Abiltiy. James Mcpherson is one of the most well respected American Civil War historians and authors. I was surprised to learn that he had made a book that encompassed every Presidential Administration in the history of the United States. The documentaries follow the book in the normal History Channel style, a narrator guides the viewer through a series of historical images interspersed with interviews from historians and other experts. Every President is highlighted and the documentary does a good job at giving a fair, yet friendly perspective on most of the Presdiential legacies. The few exceptions are for the most infamous and famous of presidents. This was the case for Andrew Johnson, Lincoln's racist and brutal successor, and FDR, whose lesser known faults were brought to attention. I would have preferred the series to simply skip over the Administrations which the average History Channel viewer is already very familiar with and go more in depth into the Administrations of our forgotten "care taker" Presidents. What i enjoyed most about the series was its all around pleasantness. The soft color schemes and the soothing voice of the narrator, Edward Hermann I believe, worked together to create a highly enjoyable documentary. I think I am the only one who watched this though. The page is completely empty, I hope there are others who saw this series and enjoyed it as I did.


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