The American Presidents: Heroic Leadership from Kennedy to Clinton

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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 ...

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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.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780748612260
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
  • Publication date: 3/29/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
1 'The Focus of the Anxious Crowd of the Age' 1
2 Circling the Wagons: The Frontier and American History 16
3 John F. Kennedy: Hero 41
4 Lyndon Johnson: Casualty of War 67
5 Richard Nixon: Heroic Failure 91
6 Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter: Faith Healers 115
7 Ronald Reagan: Star 136
8 George Bush: Deputy 159
9 Bill Clinton: Survivor 182
10 All-American Heroes? 207
Bibliography 225
Index 237
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