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THE DEMIGODS Charismatic Leadership in the Third World

Lacouture, Jean

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ISBN 10: 0394421949 / ISBN 13: 9780394421940
Published by New York: Alfred A Knopf, 1970., 1970
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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First American edition, stated. 6" X 8 1/2" high. 300 pages, plus index. Signed on the half-title page " Pour Helen et Walter Lippman affecteusement Jean (et Simonne) Lacouture Paris, 13 Mai '71". Natural linen cloth with gilt lettering, dust jacket. Profiles of Gamal Abdel Nasser, Kwame Nkrumah, Norodom Sihanouk & Habib Bourguiba. A translation by Patricia Wolf of "Quatre Hommes et Leur Peuples". Condition of book is NEAR FINE(NF); A few small, light spots (foxing?) along the bottom edge of front & rear covers, otherwise, flawless. Dust jacket is VERY GOOD PLUS (VG+); bumped near top of spine, no rips, tears or chips, not price-clipped. A very,very clean, tight copy of this association copy signed to Walter Lippman, noted columnist & writer. 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # ALS 411

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Title: THE DEMIGODS Charismatic Leadership in the ...

Publisher: New York: Alfred A Knopf, 1970.

Publication Date: 1970

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Charisma: a style, an image, a political tool; product of 20th-century communications technology and the oldest skills of the politician; the catalytic factor in the rise (or fall) of four of the world's most complex and fascinating modern political leaders. This is Lacouture's most important book since Vietnam: Between Two Truces. Probing deeply into the philosophical roots of the concept of charisma, Lacouture fully grasps its nature and its workings. First, with careful documentation and intensive analysis, he draws on the writings of Max Weber, as well as on the more heterodox teachings of the East, to flesh out a framework through which the student of modern politics can better view the historical development of charisma into a universally used, generic political device. Then, utilizing both general research and intensified observation of four particular subjects, he demonstrates in extended and acute profiles how charisma has been employed by Egypt's Gamal Abdel Nasser Hussein (1918-1970, perhaps its most skillful practitioner, who miraculously turned the crushing national defeat of the Six-Day War into a great personal triumph; Habib Bourguiba (1903-2000), President of Tunisia, who seems to have mastered the tactics and strategy of charismatic leadership despite the continually deteriorating political situation in his country; 3) Cambodia's Norodom Sihanouk (1922-2012, ostensibly the most effortless successful charismatic leader of all, until the March 1970 coup showed the fragility of his reign and the shortcomings of the personality approach to governess; and Kwame Nkrumah (1909-1972), who personally led Ghana from colony to independent republic, consolidated all of government into his own private domain, and then overplayed and abused his privilege until his overthrow in 1966. The Demigods is a major consideration of a central modern political phenomenon. Extensive index.

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