The Presidential Character: Predicting Performance in the White House

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The Presidential Character unifies political psychology, history, and biography to help readers understand the complex factors that influence our vote. In addition, the author includes predictions actually written and published before Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, and Bush ever served and present an analysis of how predictions work.
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The Presidential Character unifies political psychology, history, and biography to help readers understand the complex factors that influence our vote. In addition, the author includes predictions actually written and published before Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, and Bush ever served and present an analysis of how predictions work.
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st:New edition of a textbook first published in 1972 and most recently in 1985, shedding light on the complex factors that influence votes and determine how presidents behave, from Taft to Bush (Clinton coverage must wait for the next edition). Cited in BCL3. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780136989868
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
  • Publication date: 11/13/1990
  • Edition description: 3rd ed
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 528

Meet the Author

James David Barber was a Duke University political scientist and provocateur best known for exploring the psychology of Oval Office aspirants and occupants. He spent years as a consultant to "NBC Nightly News" and as a board member of the Poynter Institute, a center for the study of journalism and media ethics in St. Petersburg, Fla.

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Table of Contents

I. PREDICTING PRESIDENTS.

1. Presidential Character and How to Foresee It.

II. THE CONTRADICTIONS OF POWER.

2. Three Tragic Tales.
3. The Active-Negative Presidents.
4. The Origins of Presidential Compulsion.
5. Richard Nixon: Winning Tragedy.

III. OF LOVE AND POLITICAL DUTY.

6. The Passive-Negative Presidents.
7. The Passive-Positive Presidents.
8. Reagan Wrecks Reality.

IV. CONGRUENCE IN CHARACTER.

9. Franklin D. Roosevelt and Active-Positive Affection.
10 Harry S. Truman and Active-Positive Combat.
11. John F. Kennedy and Active-Positive Commitment.
12. The Crucial Ford Transition.

V. BEYOND CHARACTER.

13. President Carter and Negotiation.
14. President Bush and Worldview.

VI. THE THEORY OF PRESIDENTIAL CHARACTER.

15. Adding It Up.
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