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Hail to the Chief The Making and Unmaking of American Presidents

ISBN-10: 0195145828
ISBN-13: 9780195145823
Edition: 2001
Authors: Robert Dallek
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Description: The Presidency of the United States is our nation's most challenging position. It has subjected many men to public vilification, condemned numerous others to historical obscurity, and exalted a few to lofty positions in our nation's history. But  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/15/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

The Presidency of the United States is our nation's most challenging position. It has subjected many men to public vilification, condemned numerous others to historical obscurity, and exalted a few to lofty positions in our nation's history. But what is it that separates the revered from the reviled? Now, in Hail to the Chief, Robert Dallek offers an engaging examination of presidential excellence and failure. For some of our chief executives, great crisis meant great opportunity, as can be seen in the lasting legacies of Washington, Lincoln, and FDR. But what of presidents such as Ronald Reagan, who succeeded despite having served during relatively benign times? And what of luck? Isn't it possible that the onset of The Great Depression doomed a competent and intelligent Herbert Hoover to failure? In answer to these questions, Robert Dallek investigates the five qualities--vision, pragmatism, consensus, charisma, and trust--that have defined our most effective presidents. The product of meticulous research, the book presents numerous examples of these qualities in action, and also details the failures that accompany their absence. From Washington's masterful efforts at nation building to Lincoln's leadership through the greatest crisis in the country's history; from the beneficent paternalism of FDR to Lyndon Johnson's tragic miscalculations in Vietnam and his achievements in advancing civil rights, Dallek offers a penetrating analysis of the presidency, the personalities who have defined it, and the strategies that led to their triumphs and defeats.

Robert Dallek is the author of An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963 and Nixon and Kissinger , among other books. His writing has appeared in The New York Times , The Washington Post , The Atlantic Monthly , and Vanity Fair . He lives in Washington, D.C.

Introduction
"The Vision Thing"
Chameleons on Plaid
E Pluribus Unum: The Virtues of Consensus
The Power and Limits of Presidential Personality
In Presidents We Trust
Afterword
Sources
Index

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