Editor’s note: This is the fifth entry in the writer’s year-long project to read one book about each U.S. president by Election Day 2016. You can also follow Marcus’ progress at the @44in52 Twitter account and with this 44 in 52 Spreadsheet.

There’s a saying in sports that the best kind of game is one in which a fan doesn’t notice the involvement of the referees or umpires. The officials just let the teams play, merely keeping the squads within the boundaries of the rulebook. Some referees (the NBA’s Joey Crawford, MLB umpire Joe West) seem to relish injecting themselves into the narrative of a game so much that it ruins the experience and, often, not only adversely affects the outcome of the game but leaves fans complaining that the outcome is moot Read more…

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