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The President as Leader
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Erwin C. Hargrove is a winner of the Richard E. Neustadt Award.

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Following a distinguished career as a scholar of the American presidency, Hargrove here offers his capstone appraisal of presidential leadership. He builds on the theories of Richard Neustadt by stating that, in addition to bargaining and persuading, a president must be a moral leader in the mold of Aristotle who uses rhetoric to teach the ideals of the American experience. Case studies of real-life leaders help clarify Hargrove's complex model: Franklin Roosevelt, whom Hargrove regards as the model modern president because he used rhetoric to gain support for such significant policies as social security and an end to isolationism; Lyndon Johnson, who, although he inspired the public on civil rights, was frustrated by Vietnam because of his obsession with control; and Ronald Reagan, who connected with the public on values but faltered because he failed to verify the accuracy of his rhetoric. Primarily of interest to political scientists, the book is recommended for larger public and academic presidential studies collections.‘Karl Helicher, Upper Merion Twp. Lib., King of Prussia, PA

"In this intellectually engaging book, Hargrove argues that successful presidents are those who combine political skills with intellectual and moral leadership. He examines three distinctively different presidencies Franklin Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, and Ronald Reagan in revealing, exceptionally well written profiles. Strongly recommended." Choice"What Hargrove says deepens our understanding of presidential leadership and merits further development." American Political Science Review"Hargrove s template is simple yet subtle, facilitating nuanced interpretations and evaluations of presidential leadership. This provocative book constitutes a major contribution to the literature on presidential leadership." Rhetoric & Public Affairs"Hargrove presents an analysis that reflects ideas and aspirations that merit serious and sustained scholarly attention." Review of Politics
"A timely and powerful argument for the proposition that American values are the strongest force a president can mobilize an argument presented with philosophical and literary learning as well as sound political science scholarship. This is the crowning achievement of the dean of presidential studies." James MacGregor Burns, author of Leadership"Hargrove does himself proud in a stimulating book that is at once reflective and readable." Richard E. Neustadt, author of Presidential Power and the Moral Presidents"A timely reminder of what political leadership should be and an eloquent analysis of why so many fall short." Stephen Skowronek, author of The Politics Presidents Make"Hargrove provides an account of executive power that deepens our understanding of character and elevates our aspirations for leadership." Jeffrey Tulis, author of The Rhetorical Presidency

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