C-Span's presidential rankings
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Over on the right hand side, there's a discussion by category, such as economy management or moral pursuasion.
Here's the link...
It takes time to make a more complete evaluation, however.
Funny, I was surprised Jefferson was in the top 10. After the books I've been reading, I would have thought that historians would have rated him lower.
One book that I would recommend on on him is "The Strange Deaths of President Harding" by Robert H. Ferrell. It will give you the chance to see a side of Harding that history ignores.
I like comparing the Presidential Rankings/Surveys to the older ones. It is interesting to see them rise and fall over the years and to read about why. A few years ago, I listed a bunch of them on an unused blog I had for quick reference.
I think Jefferson gets a higher ranking on the list because he was a major figure of his time who is recognized for cementing the concept of a smooth transition in power from one bloc to another in America. And the Louisiana Purchase. Beyond that, Jefferson's Presidency was a disaster and it pales in comparison to his other magnificent achievements as a founder and a statesman. I admire Kennedy very much, but I think his ranking is higher than it should be perhaps, as is Eisenhower's.
Grant, Nixon, Ford & Carter should be ranked much lower.