"With America's Political Dynasties, Stephen Hess presents a fascinating study of the dangers of selecting a country's leaders on their blood lines. We Americans struck gold with Franklin Roosevelt, a fifth cousin of Theodore. Yet too often, the electorate, being taken with the original, grabbed for the faded copy. But not always: I loved the Philadelphia editor who backed Jefferson over Adams chiefly because, like Washington, he had no sons."—Chris Matthews, MSNBC's "Hardball"
Stephen Hess, senior fellow emeritus in Governance Studies at Brookings, began his career in Washington as a young speechwriter for President Eisenhower (1958–61). He was Distinguished Research Professor of Media and Public Affairs at the George Washington University (2004–09). His numerous books, now translated into thirtylanguages, include the The Professor and The President: Daniel Patrick Moynihan in the Nixon White House (Brookings Institution Press, 2014).