American Presidential Campaigns & Elections (1788 to 2012)
The election of the president is the banner event in American politics. The process of nominating candidates and campaigning among voters rivets the attention of the nation every four years—and for good reasons. The president holds the most important position in the U.S. federal government. The power of the office, moreover, has grown over time, giving it immense influence at home and around the world in the twenty-first century.