The Power and the Story
What's a good way of predicting presidential races? Find the candidate with the best story to tell.
Forget who's got the bigger "war chest," it's the candidate with the best story to tell who's got the real advantage in presidential politics. Armed with this provocative thesis, historian Evan Cornog proceeds to reexamine pivotal presidential elections as a battle between the candidates' life narratives. Andrew Jackson, for example, was catapulted to enduring fame (and viable candidacy) in 1815, when he triumphed over a superior British force at the Battle of New Orleans. Never mind that the conflict, coming two weeks after the formal conclusion of the War of 1812, was militarily irrelevant.