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 inauguration to Clinton's impeachment hearings, the book examines the development of the character of the contemporary presidency during one of the most fascinating and turbulent periods in its history. Written in an engaging and accessible style, it offers a challenging and provocative synthesis of the subject as well as exploring new ground.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 157.5 x 233.7 x 19.6mm | 437.93g
  • EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0748612262
  • 9780748612260

About Jon Ropert

Jon Roper is Professor of American Studies at the University of Swansea and has taught at the University of Tennessee, the University of Wisconsin, and Ohio State University. He is the author of The Complete Illustrated Guide to the Presidents of America: An Authoritative History of the American Presidency.
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Serveral broad themes weave their way through Roper's lively and imaginative narrative ! The American Presidents is a provocative intellectual romp through recent history ! Roper's take on Modern American presidents is a valuable contribution to the study of the way we and they perceive their roles. Serveral broad themes weave their way through Roper's lively and imaginative narrative ! The American Presidents is a provocative intellectual romp through recent history ! Roper's take on Modern American presidents is a valuable contribution to the study of the way we and they perceive their roles.
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