|The Strategic Presidency: Hitting the Ground Running
(Chicago: Dorsey Press, 1988). Second Edition: (Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 1996). Winner of the Presidency and Executive Politics section of the American Political Science Association “Legacy Award” for a book that has had a “continuing contribution to the intellectual development” of the field of presidency studies (2021).
|Organizing the Presidency, fourth edition, written with Stephen Hess,
(Washington: Brookings, 2021
|Examining Torture: Empirical Studies of State Repression, co-edited with Tracy Lightcap. (NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).|
|Torture as Public Policy, (Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers, 2010).|
|Understanding the Presidency, co-edited with Roger H. Davidson.
Sixth Edition (New York: Pearson-Longman, 2010).
|Power Play: The Bush Administration and the Constitution (Washington: The Brookings Institution Press, 2008), soft cover edition, 2009.|
|Intelligence and National Security Policymaking on Iraq: British and American PerspectivesCo-edited with Mark Phythian (Manchester University Press, co-published in the United States by Texas A&M University Press, 2008).|
|The Character Factor: How We Judge America’s Presidents (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2004).|
|The Future of Merit: Twenty Years after the Civil Service Reform Act, co-edited with Douglas A. Brook (Washington: Woodrow Wilson Center Press and Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000).|
|Governance and American Politics: Classic and Current Perspectives, edited (Harcourt, Brace, and Company; 1995)|
|The Modern Presidency (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1994).
Sixth Edition (Belmond, CA: Wadsworth/Thompson, 2010)
|The Presidency and the Persian Gulf War, co-edited with Marcia Whicker and Raymond Moore (Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, 1993).|
|The Managerial Presidency, edited (Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole, 1991).
Second edition: (College Station, TX: Texas A&M University Press, 1999).
|The Presidency in Transition, co-edited with R. Gordon Hoxie (New York: Center for the Study of the Presidency, 1989).|
|The President and Economic Policy (editor) (Philadelphia: ISHI Publications, 1986.|
|The President, the Budget, and Congress: Impoundment and the 1974 Budget Act (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1979).|