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Author Pfiffner, James P.

Title The character factor : how we judge America's presidents / James P. Pfiffner
Edition First edition
Published College Station, Tex. : Texas A & M University Press, [2004]
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 209 pages)
Series The presidency and leadership ; no. 18
Presidency and leadership ; no. 18
Contents Judging Presidential Character -- The Nature of Presidential Lies -- Serious Presidential Lies -- Sexual Probity and Presidential Character -- Character, Consistency, and Campaign Promises -- Three Presidents in Crisis -- Character Complexity
Summary "In this consideration of "the character factor" and the presidency, veteran political analyst James P. Pfiffner leads us through a survey of three aspects of presidential character that have proved problematic for recent chief executives: lies, promise-keeping, and sexual probity. His goal is not to tell us which presidents have been "good" and which "bad." Rather, he helps us think critically and impartially about complex character issues and invites us to reach our own conclusions." "The Character Factor avoids both moral judgments and cynicism. It helps us look at our presidents (and our presidential candidates) without illusions, knowing that flawed men can still be great leaders but that some flaws deserve defeat at the polls - or even the ultimate presidential sanction, impeachment."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 171-203) and index
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Subject Character -- Political aspects -- United States.
Political leadership -- United States.
Presidents -- United States -- Psychology -- Case studies.
Presidents -- United States -- Public opinion.
Public opinion -- United States.
Genre/Form Case studies.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2003016352
ISBN 160344629X (electronic bk.)
9781603446297 (electronic bk.)