The American Presidents: Heroic Leadership from Kennedy to Clinton

The American Presidents: Heroic Leadership from Kennedy to Clinton

by Jon Roper
     
 

How did democratic America respond to its cold war enemies led by dictators who promoted the myth of their heroic leadership?

John F. Kennedy confronted the challenges posed by his cold-war enemies' 'heroic' leaders by moulding the narratives of 'consensus history' into the activist rhetoric of the New Frontier. Jon Roper examines how his image, heroic style of

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Overview

How did democratic America respond to its cold war enemies led by dictators who promoted the myth of their heroic leadership?

John F. Kennedy confronted the challenges posed by his cold-war enemies' 'heroic' leaders by moulding the narratives of 'consensus history' into the activist rhetoric of the New Frontier. Jon Roper examines how his image, heroic style of leadership, and legacy - America's war in Vietnam - impacted upon his successors. After Kennedy the hero, America saw Lyndon B. Johnson, the 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780748612260
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
Publication date:
03/29/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

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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