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Author Greenstein, Fred I.

Title The presidential difference : leadership style from FDR to Barack Obama / Fred I. Greenstein
Edition Third edition
Published Princeton, N.J. ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, [2009]


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 MELB  973.920922 Gre/Pdl 2009  AVAILABLE
Description vii, 329 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents Machine generated contents note: 1.The Presidential Difference -- 2.The Virtuosic Leadership of Franklin D. Roosevelt -- 3.The Uneven Leadership of Harry S. Truman -- 4.The Unexpected Eisenhower -- 5.Coming to Terms with Kennedy -- 6.Lyndon B. Johnson and the Primacy of Politics -- 7.The Paradox of Richard Nixon -- 8.The Instructive Presidency of Gerald Ford -- 9.Jimmy Carter and the Politics of Rectitude -- 10.Ronald Reagan: The Innocent as Agent of Change -- 11.The Highly Tactical Leadership of George H. W. Bush -- 12.The Undisciplined Bill Clinton -- 13.George W. Bush and the Politics of Agenda Control -- 14.The Presidential Breakthrough of Barack Obama -- 15.Lessons from the Modern Presidency -- Appendix.Background on the Modern Presidency
Summary The author has long been one of our keenest observers of the modern presidency. In this book, he provides a fascinating and instructive account of the presidential qualities that have served well and poorly in the Oval Office, beginning with Franklin D. Roosevelt's first hundred days. He surveys each president's political skill, vision, cognitive style, organizational capacity, ability to communicate, and emotional intelligence - and argues that the last is the most important in predicting presidential success. Throughout, Greenstein offers a series of bottom-line judgments on each of his thirteen subjects as well as an overarching theory of why presidents succeed or fail. In this new edition, Greenstein assesses President George W. Bush in the wake of his two terms. The book also includes a new chapter on the leadership style of President Obama and how we can expect it to affect his presidency and legacy
Notes Formerly CIP. Uk
Previous ed.: 2004
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Personality and politics -- United States -- History.
Political leadership -- United States -- History.
Presidents -- United States -- History.
United States -- Politics and government.
LC no. 01532651
ISBN 0691143838 (paperback)
9780691143835 (paperback)