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Where They Stand

A new way of ranking U.S. presidents

How exactly does one rank presidents, especially those who have long since passed away? And how do recent chief executives stand up against their historical peers? In Where They Stand: The American Presidents in the Eyes of Voters and Historians, Robert W. Merry ranks U.S. presidents based on such parameters as: Was the president reelected? Was he a wartime president? We'll give away the usual No. 1 — Lincoln — but you might have some fun comparing your picks with those of the experts, especially in an election year.

Also of interest: 3 questions to ask the presidential candidates.

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