Does war make a great president?

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A new paper looks at the determinants of presidential greatness and finds, as Gene Healy has long suspected, that scholars seem to award bonus points for being a “warrior president.”

Fabio Rojas: “The finding is simple. American war casualties, as a fraction of the population, positively correlate with how historians rate U.S. presidents. More death = better presidents.”

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