The American Presidents

The American Presidents : Heroic Leadership from Kennedy to Clinton

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With its cold war enemies led by dictators who promoted the myth of their heroic leadership, how might democratic America respond? This book looks at how John F. Kennedy confronted this challenge, moulding the narratives of "consensus history" into the activist rhetoric of the new frontier. It examines how his image, heroic style of leadership, and legacy - America's war in Vietnam -impacted upon his successors. Covering the period from 1960 to the present and against the background of key contemporary events, the book draws upon a wide variety of sources to illuminate its subjects. After Kennedy, hero, came Lyndon Johnson, casualty of war; Richard Nixon, heroic failure; Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter, faith-healers; Ronald Reagan, star; George Bush, deputy; and Bill Clinton, survivor. From Kennedy's inaugural to Clinton's impeachment, the book examines the development of the character of the contemporary presidency during one of the most fascinating and turbulent periods in its history. The book offers a challenging and provocative synthesis of the subject area as well as exploring new ground.
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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 156 x 234mm
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • 0748613692
  • 9780748613694