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Emperors of the White House

By Andrew Adonis   November 2010

Dwight Eisenhower: unlike almost all recent presidents, he kept the US out of foreign wars

American Caesars by Nigel Hamilton (Bodley Head, £25)

The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama by David Remnick (Picador, £20)

It is not new to conceive of American presidents as modern Caesars, but it is a brilliant idea to take Suetonius’s The Twelve Caesars—his collective portrait of the rulers of Rome from Julius Caesar to Titus and Domitian—and to make it the template for a 500-page collective portrait of the 12 emperors of America from Franklin D Roosevelt to George W Bush.

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