There Were Two Gerald Fords: John Hersey and Richard Reeves Profile a President

Baughman, James L.
September 2012
American Literary History;Fall2012, Vol. 24 Issue 3, p444
Academic Journal
The article examines two profiles of former U.S. President Gerald R. Ford, one a biographical article by Richard Reeves and the other an article by John Hersey in "New York Times Magazine," and notes their dissimilarities. Reeves' focus on the negative aspects for Ford's first 100 days as President and general disdain for politicians are examined, along with his criticism of Ford's general political career and intelligence level. The author explains how the U.S. government influenced Hersey's article in response to Reeve's criticism, which led to an article focusing on Ford's relaxed personality and daily routines.


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