Effective Presidency: Lessons on Leadership from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama

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The second edition of this classic work adds a new chapter on Barack Obama and updates coverage of the end of the George W. Bush administration. Presidential scholar Erwin C. Hargrove extends his analytical framework of presidential effectiveness to show how Obama combines eventful leadership with pragmatism to move the nation forward in an intensely polarized partisan environment. Features of the textbook: Uses an analytical framework to assess historical context, personal skills and attributes, and the ability to make a difference in each of ten presidencies. Four presidents are judged to be event-making leaders: Johnson, Nixon, Reagan, and George W. Bush. Six presidents are assessed as eventful leaders: JFK, Ford, Carter, George H. W. Bush, Clinton, and Obama. As much a study of leadership as an analysis of ten presidencies, this book adds to our understanding in political science, history, and public administration and management.