'The Peaceful Transfer of Power'
Participants in every presidential transition from Gerald Ford through Joseph Biden share histories and best practices
About the book
Accessible and informative oral histories to help future transitions run better, faster, and more smoothly
The worst transition in history
The Buchanan-Lincoln hand-off was a debacle, salvaged only by Lincoln's famous 'whistle stop' tour before his inauguration
A rare 'friendly' takeover
Transitions can be hostile, but the handover from Reagan to Bush in 1988–89 was an amicable exception
Ronald Reagan called the peaceful transfer of power from one U.S. president to the next a miracle, and it is.
David Marchick joins New York Times Chief White House Correspondent Peter Baker, former assistant to President Trump Chris Liddell, and Miller Center Practitioner Senior Fellow Katie Dunn Tenpas to discuss this long-held American tradition.
How to pass a baton
From the Wall Street Journal's review: "The chief executive sets the tone for a transition, but its execution depends on civil servants committed to the institution of the presidency"
CBS News 'America: Changed Forever' podcast
David Marchick discusses his book with CBS News correspondent Jeff Pegues
Reaching for 'the gold standard'
"Now more than ever, America must commit to ensure the transition of presidential power," write David Marchick and Valerie Smith Boyd in their History News Network op-ed
About the editors
David Marchick, dean of the Kogod School of Business at American University, has decades of experience in global finance and public policy. He previously served as director of the Partnership for Public Service's Center for Presidential Transition.
Alexander Tippett conducts research in support of the Partnership for Public Service’s Center for Presidential Transition. He previously worked as a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations.
A. J. Wilson
A. J. Wilson is a collaborative writer and speechwriter for British and American government officials. His work has been published in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Atlantic.