On Friday, October 14, 2022, from 3:30 to 5pm, Robert Schmuhl will sign copies of his book The Glory and the Burden, Expanded Ed., at the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore. This popular book is an engrossing read for a general audience, particularly those with an interest in politics, American history, and communications.
The Glory and the Burden is a timely examination of the state of the American presidency and the forces that have shaped it since 1933, with an emphasis on the dramatic changes that have taken place within the institution and to the individuals occupying the Oval Office. A new chapter and other elements have been added to the book, which originally appeared in the fall of 2019. This expanded, updated edition probes the election of Joe Biden in 2020, the transition of the White House from Donald Trump to Biden, and Biden’s first several months in office.
Robert Schmuhl traces the evolution of the modern presidency back to the terms of Franklin Roosevelt, maintaining that FDR’s White House years had a profound impact on the office, resulting in significant changes to the job and to those who’ve served since then. Specifically, the Twenty-Second Amendment to the Constitution, limiting a president to two terms, has largely redefined each administration’s agenda. News sources and social media have also grown exponentially, exercising influence over the conduct of presidents and affecting the consequences of their behavior.
Robert Schmuhl is the Walter H. Annenberg-Edmund P. Joyce Chair Emeritus in American Studies and Journalism at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of nine previous books with the University of Notre Dame Press, including Fifty Years with Father Hesburgh: On and Off the Record (2016, 2018).
The book signing is free and open to the public. Schmuhl will be available to sign books at the Hammes Bookstore on:
- Friday, October 14, 3:30-5pm
- Friday, November 4, 1:30-3pm
This piece originally appeared at undpressnews.nd.edu.