Preface to the 2004 Edition Foreword, by John F. Kennedy Introductory Remarks, by Grayson Kirk By Way of Introduction The Setting for Decision The Outer Limits of Decision Presidential Politics Presidential Advisers The Presidential Perspective By Way of Summary Index
Sorensen draws on his firsthand experiences in the Kennedy White House to analyze the political and personal dimensions of presidential decision-making and the necessary attributes of an effective leader. This new edition includes a new preface by the author, comparing the very different decision-making styles of George W. Bush and John F. Kennedy. Sorensen argues that Bush's failure to seek support from the international community, explore all his options, and fully investigate the facts presented to him have contributed to U.S. difficulties in Iraq.
Theodore C. Sorensen, former special counsel and adviser to President John F. Kennedy, has practiced international law for more than thirty-four years. He is the author of several books on the presidency and domestic and foreign politics, and he has written for Foreign Affairs, the New York Times; and other publications. He lives in New York City.