Profiles in Leadership

Profiles in Leadership : Historians on the Elusive Quality of Greatness

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What made FDR a more successful leader during the Depression crisis than Hoover? Why was Eisenhower more effective as supreme commander at war than he was as president? Who was Pauli Murray and why was she a pivotal figure in the civil rights movement?

Find the answers to these questions and more in essays by great historians including Sean Wilentz, Alan Brinkley, Annette Gordon-Reed, Jean Strouse, Frances FitzGerald, and others. Entertaining and insightful individually, taken together the essays address the enduring ingredients of leadership, the focus of an introduction by Walter Isaacson.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 140 x 211 x 23mm | 270g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 13 black-and-white illustrations
  • 0393340767
  • 9780393340761
  • 964,143

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"At a time when leadership is lacking, this memorable book culls examples from our past to reveal what makes a person stand above the rest." -- Publishers Weekly "Incisive and shrewd, this eclectic collection offers rich food for thought for students of history and management alike." -- Booklist "Good bedside reading for history buffs." -- Kirkus Reviews
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About Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson lives in Washington, DC, where he is the president and CEO of the Aspen Institute. He is the author of acclaimed, best-selling biographies of Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, and Henry Kissinger.
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