Editors' pick

Baptism by Fire: Eight Presidents Who Took Office in Times of Crisis

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Editorial Review

How do the issues on President Obama's plate compare to those faced by Abraham Lincoln or presidents managing the country in times of war or the Great Depression? Mark Updegrove, director of the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library, and Michael Duffy, assistant managing editor of Time magazine, discuss eight other chief executives who faced immediate problems and how they responded.