Character Above All: Ten Presidents from FDR to George Bush

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Essays on ten United States presidents include Doris Kearns Goodwin on FDR, David McCullough on Truman, Stephen Ambrose on Eisenhower, Richard Reeves on Kennedy, and Peggy Noonan on Reagan. 35,000 first printing.

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In this collection of perceptive and entertaining original essays, noted historians, biographers and journalists explore the relationship between character and presidential leadership. Doris Kearns Goodwin (No Ordinary Time) argues that FDR's ego was his greatest strength. David McCullough (Truman) concludes that HST was "honest almost to a fault." Stephen Ambrose (D-Day) calls Ike "the president with the most admired and admirable character." Richard Reeves (President Kennedy) admits that JFK "would fail most of the current political tests of character." Robert Dallek (Lone Star Rising) portrays Lyndon Johnson as a contradiction whose grandiosity both served and undermined him. Tom Wicker (One of Us) defines Richard Nixon as a shy, introverted loner struggling with feelings of inadequacy. James Cannon (Time and Chance: Gerald Ford's Appointment with History) emphasizes Ford's integrity. Hendrick Hertzberg (executive editor of the New Yorker) portrays Jimmy Carter more as moral than as political leader. Peggy Noonan, former Reagan speechwriter, contends that Ronald Reagan's emotional detachment was balanced by his "almost Lincolnian" kindness. Finally, Michael Beschloss (The Crisis Years) discusses the role George Bush's father played in developing his son's character. Editor Wilson has his own communication company in Dallas.
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From Library Journal:

When the issues are too complicated to comprehend or take too much time to sort out, voters can be expected to fall back on the personal qualities of the candidates when they go to the polls. Communications executive and producer Wilson sets out to find the qualities of character of the modern presidents from FDR to George Bush. To do so he brings together some of the most respected historians (Doris Kearns Goodwin, David McCullough, Robert Dallek, and Stephen Ambrose), journalistic heavyweights like James Cannon and Richard Reeves, Reagan speech writer Peggy Noonan, and The New Yorker's Hendrick Hertzberg. While Wilson is seeking the relationship between character and leadership effectiveness, he fails to provide some unifying definition of the word character. It seems most of the articles deal with style and world view rather than ethical matters that "character" might imply. Nevertheless, this should be of interest to both academic and general readers.?Frank Kessler, Missouri Western State Coll., St. Joseph
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