|In a world ruled by kings and emperors, the United States of America was
a risky experiment—a republic of, by, and for the people—with power
divided among three branches of government. But it is one branch, the
Executive, in which the hopes and aspirations of the American people are
primarily embodied—in the President of the United States.
In the week preceding the 2013 Presidential inauguration, THE HISTORY
CHANNEL presents THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO THE PRESIDENTS.
From George Washington to Barack Obama, this eight-hour series covers
the history of the most influential position in the world, and the men who
defined its power. The series premiered on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at
9 pm ET on HISTORY.
Forty-three men have taken the oath of President of the United States.
Whether each set ground-breaking precedent, declared war or enacted
laws altering the destiny of millions, each found himself in the eye of the
storm. THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO THE PRESIDENTS delves inside the
inner-workings of the Presidency, as well as the minds, methods and
motivations of each man who has held the position of Commander-in-Chief.
Each episode also explores how the Office of the Presidency has evolved
over the past 222 years. When George Washington was elected, no one
knew what a President was. There was no title, no policy, and no code of
behavior for a Chief Executive. So everything he did—from selecting a
Cabinet to determining where the Capitol should be to creating an Oval
Office and a White House—set precedents for the nation's future.
Interviews with historians, past administration officials, and family members
portray the role of the Presidency as an ever-changing institution that is
influenced by the personalities of each of the men and how each interacts
with the events transpiring in the world around them.
THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO THE PRESIDENTS is produced for
HISTORY by Karga Seven Pictures. Susan Werbe is Executive Producer
for HISTORY. Executive Producers for Karga Seven Pictures are Sarah
Wetherbee, Emre Sahin, and Kelly McPherson.
Says David Hinkley of the New York Daily News: “'Ultimate Guide' has an
academic tone without ever becoming ponderous or dull, and by the end,
viewers who thought they knew all this stuff will likely find that with some
of it, at least, they didn’t."
Historians and experts interviewed for the series include Jonathan Alter,
James Baker, H. W. Brands, Richard Brookhiser, James Carville, Nancy
Gibbs, David Greenberg, Harold Holzer, Karen Hughes, Zachary Karabell,
Charles Lachman, Libby O'Connell, Barry Paris, David Pietrusza, Donald
Ritchie, Lynda Johnson Robb, Amity Shlaes, and Richard Norton Smith.
David Pietrusza appears on the final four episodes of the series:
David Pietrusza also appears on two web-exclusive videos relating
to the series: