Presidents and the Dissolution of the Union: Leadership Style from Polk to Lincoln

Presidents and the Dissolution of the Union: Leadership Style from Polk to Lincoln

by Fred I. Greenstein
     
 

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"The American Civil War was somehow caused by slavery, but how was it that the slavery question could not be resolved short of bloodshed? Fred Greenstein rejects the notion of an irrepressible conflict, instead highlighting the failings of a series of presidents, contrasting their drift or dysfunction with Abraham Lincoln's mastery. Briskly argued and brimming with

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"The American Civil War was somehow caused by slavery, but how was it that the slavery question could not be resolved short of bloodshed? Fred Greenstein rejects the notion of an irrepressible conflict, instead highlighting the failings of a series of presidents, contrasting their drift or dysfunction with Abraham Lincoln's mastery. Briskly argued and brimming with insight, this book will spark fresh conversation about the role of individuals versus social forces in the making of history."—Michael Birkner, Gettysburg College

"No one has provided such a compact comparative synthesis, using uniform investigative benchmarks as a means of judging all these presidencies. Students of the presidency—lay readers and academics—will surely want to read this masterful book. In a crowded field, Greenstein makes an important contribution."—Jean H. Baker, Goucher College

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"Greenstein offers a new study of presidential leadership in addition to his numerous existing studies of the U.S. presidency."--Choice

"Presidents and the Dissolution of the Union offers an invaluable guide for anyone interested in the do's and don'ts of leadership. . . . Greenstein's style is accessible with a minimum of scholarly apparatus; the result is a highly entertaining text that can be devoured at one sitting."--Laurence Raw, Journal of American Culture

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691151991
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
05/12/2013
Pages:
187
Sales rank:
1,245,643
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

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