Icons of Democracy: American Leaders As Heroes, Aristocrats, Dissenters and Democratsby Bruce Miroff
A profound & disturbing examination of the dangers & possibilities of democratic leadership, this book traces a fundamental tension between leadership & popular democracy that has animated American life from the Revolution through the turbulent 1960s. Examines 9 emblematic political giants Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, Abraham Lincoln, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Theodore Roosevelt, Eugene Debs, Franklin Roosevelt, John Kennedy, & Martin Luther King, Jr. revealing differences in their passions for distinction, commitments to democratic education, & responses to class, racial, & sexual tensions.
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Through a vivid and telling chronicle of nine emblematic public figures, Bruce Miroff has produced a challenging new picture of the American political tradition, warning us against our wish for heroes and showing us how our finest statesmen have helped to expand our democratic vistas. Every serious student of American politics will want to read this book.
< Packed with telling anecdotes and insights, Icons of Democracy offers analyses of diamond-like brilliance.
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