Call to Greatness: Challenging Our Next President

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A Call to Greatness: Challenging Our Next President examines how our next President can learn from the successes and failures of past Presidents to be an effective leader during a time of tremendous challenges at home and abroad. The present state of our union requires a creative reexamination of our national interests, a comprehensive vision, a leader with the ability to organize and marshal the best people and resources and a leader with the capacity to communicate this vision to our citizens and the world. This book has been circulated amongst the candidates for the 2008 United States Presidency prior to being published. The non-partisan, non-profit Center for the Study of the Presidency looks forward to the ensuing exchange of views on the nature of Presidential leadership and characteristics required of our next President.

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Editorial Reviews

This book will find an audience among political pundits and members of the general public who are keen observers of the 2008 presidential election season.
This book will find an audience among political pundits and members of the general public who are keen observers of the 2008 presidential election season.
David Gergen
Writing in the tradition of Richard Neustadt, whose memos were so helpful to an incoming John Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton, Abshire brings history alive, drawing from it wise lessons for the president immediately upon taking office. Mark this down for required reading in the next White House.
George Stephanopoulos
David Abshire has distilled a lifetime of service and study into a single bracing volume. It is a must-read for the Presidential candidates, those who serve them, and every citizen who cares about the challenges we face.
Evan Thomas
Every presidential candidate—and every president—should read A Call to Greatness. David Abshire has long been one of Washington's true Wise Men, and he teaches many important lessons from the past. At a dangerous time when leaders seem stuck in partisan bickering, Abshire shows what the people want and the nation needs.
The Honorable Edwin Meese III
In A Call to Greatness, David Abshire has provided an invaluable guide, which includes the lessons learned from the experiences of past administrations as well as time-honored principles of superior leadership.
The Honorable Leon E. Panetta
A Call to Greatness is a challenge not just to the presidential candidates but to the nation itself. David Abshire draws from the lessons of history the fundamental values that must guide the next president - vision, integrity and statesmanship. We govern by leadership or crisis. David Abshire makes clear that it is time for leadership.
The Honorable David M. Walker
This publication will help the next President and other senior government leaders learn from the past and better prepare for the future.
Norman Augustine
Almost every era in our nation's history seems to have confronted serious challenges. I hope the Presidential candidates will learn as much from this book as I did. Its historical examples make for very compelling reading - much more so than simply citing a set of 'rules.'
George F. Will
In his four decades in Washington, David Abshire has seen a lot of history made from the White House. Here he deftly plucks pertinent lessons from history for whomever the voters send to the White House to make more history.
September/ October 2009 Public Administration Review
The presentation is balanced and fair, and it serves as a good introduction for a more general audience.
This book will find an audience among political pundits and members of the general public who are keen observers of the 2008 presidential election season.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742562455
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/25/2008
  • Series: Computer Pkgs & Research Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,044,628
  • Product dimensions: 5.83 (w) x 8.95 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

David M. Abshire is the president of the Center for the Study of the Presidency, president of the Richard Lounsbery Foundation, and vice chairman of the Board of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, which he co-founded in 1962. His full-time government service includes Congressional staff (1958-1960), assistant secretary of state for Congressional Relations (1970-73), Ambassador to NATO (1983-87), and in the Presidential Cabinet as special counselor of President Reagan in 1987. Dr. Abshire is currently a member of the Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council Academe, Policy and Research Senior Advisory Committee. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Preface Chapter 3 Introduction Part 4 Part I Chapter 5 Chapter 1. The Gathering Storm Chapter 6 Chapter 2. Sustaining Success Chapter 7 Chapter 3. The Lessons of History Chapter 8 Chapter 4. A House Without Mercy Chapter 9 Chapter 5. Elements of Presidential Leadership Chapter 10 Chapter 6. Presidential Portraits Chapter 11 Chapter 7. Lessons for the Next President Part 12 Part II Chapter 13 Chapter 8. Six Elements of a National Strategy Chapter 14 Chapter 9. Responding Decisively to Crisis Chapter 15 Chapter 10. Setting Priorities Chapter 16 Chapter 11. Mobilizing Resources Chapter 17 Chapter 12. Maintaining Political Unity and Good Timing Chapter 18 Chapter 13. Communicating an Understandable Public Strategy Chapter 19 Chapter 14. Offering a Vision for the Future Chapter 20 Conclusion: From Peril to Promise

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