Running Alone: Presidential Leadership from JFK to Bush II---Why It Has Failed and How We Can Fix It

Running Alone: Presidential Leadership from JFK to Bush II---Why It Has Failed and How We Can Fix It

by James MacGregor Burns
     
 

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ISBN-10: 046500833X

ISBN-13: 9780465008339

Pub. Date: 10/28/2007

Publisher: Basic Books


Since mid-century, America has witnessed an ominous decline in presidential leadership, culminating in the failing presidency of George W. Bush today. How did this happen? In Running Alone, the distinguished political scientist and leadership expert James MacGregor Burns finds the origin of the problem in John F. Kennedy’s presidential style-and its

Overview


Since mid-century, America has witnessed an ominous decline in presidential leadership, culminating in the failing presidency of George W. Bush today. How did this happen? In Running Alone, the distinguished political scientist and leadership expert James MacGregor Burns finds the origin of the problem in John F. Kennedy’s presidential style-and its influence on his successors in the Oval Office. Kennedy rejected collective leadership in favor of a highly personalized executive branch, run by a small group of hand-picked advisors. His successors followed his lead; each in his own way ran and governed alone, exploiting the party base while often ignoring party platforms and party needs. Burns charts the decline of genuine leadership in the Oval Office and offers practical proposals for restoring the kind of transforming leadership that this country so desperately needs. With unsurpassed knowledge of American history and politics, Burns shows us the way forward.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465008339
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
10/28/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents


"I Think You Underestimate Him"     1
The Tribal Thrust     7
Pushing and Shoving     21
The Power Broker     43
JFK and LBJ: Governing Together     71
Nixon-Reagan: The Grand New Party     91
The Carter-Clinton Connection     119
The Bushes: Standing Together Alone     147
Needed: Party Polarization     177
Empowering Followers     189
Afterword     201
Bibliography and Notes     203
Acknowledgments     263
Index     265

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