Noted Historians Rank America's Chief Executives

Jul 10, 2019

Over a period of decades, C-SPAN has surveyed leading historians on the best and worst of America’s presidents across a variety of categories: their ability to persuade the public, their leadership skills, the moral authority, and more. The crucible of the presidency has forged some of the very best and very worst leaders in our national history, along with much in between.

Based on interviews conducted over the years with a variety of presidential biographers, "The Presidents: Noted Historians Rank America's Best - and Worst - Chief Executives" provides not just a complete ranking of our presidents, but stories and analyses that capture the character of the men who held the office.

Brian Lamb is C-SPAN's founding CEO and chairman and longtime on-camera interviewer. Susan Swain is C-SPAN's co-CEO and, in addition to her senior management role at the network, has been an on-camera host for C-SPAN for more than thirty years.