The Heart of Power: Health and Politics in the Oval Office / Edition 1

The Heart of Power: Health and Politics in the Oval Office / Edition 1

by David Blumenthal, James A. Morone
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520260309

ISBN-13: 9780520260306

Pub. Date: 07/15/2009

Publisher: University of California Press

Even the most powerful men in the world are human—they get sick, take dubious drugs, drink too much, contemplate suicide, fret about ailing parents, and bury people they love. Young Richard Nixon watched two brothers die of tuberculosis, even while doctors monitored a suspicious shadow on his own lungs. John Kennedy received last rites four times as an adult,

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Even the most powerful men in the world are human—they get sick, take dubious drugs, drink too much, contemplate suicide, fret about ailing parents, and bury people they love. Young Richard Nixon watched two brothers die of tuberculosis, even while doctors monitored a suspicious shadow on his own lungs. John Kennedy received last rites four times as an adult, and Lyndon Johnson suffered a "belly buster" of a heart attack. David Blumenthal and James A. Morone explore how modern presidents have wrestled with their own mortality—and how they have taken this most human experience to heart as they faced the difficult politics of health care. Drawing on a trove of newly released White House tapes, on extensive interviews with White House staff, and on dramatic archival material that has only recently come to light, The Heart of Power explores the hidden ways in which presidents shape our destinies through their own experiences. Taking a close look at Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George Herbert Walker Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush, the book shows what history can teach us as we confront the health care challenges of the twenty-first century.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520260306
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
07/15/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
494
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments / vii
introduction / 1

1. franklin delano roosevelt
The Enigmatic Angler / 21

2. harry s. truman
We’ll Take the Starch Out of Them—Eventually / 57

3. dwight d. eisenhower
Compassionate Conservative / 99

4. john f. kennedy
The Charismatic with a Stricken Father / 131

5. lyndon b. johnson
The Secret History of Medicare / 163

6. richard nixon
A Flower That Bloomed Only in the Dark / 206

7. jimmy carter
The Righteous Engineer / 248

8. ronald reagan
Socialized Medicine and the Working Stiff / 283

9. george herbert walker bush
Stick to the Running Game / 319

10. bill clinton
Kicking the Can down the Road / 346

11. george w. bush
Bring It On—Reforming Medicare / 385

conclusion

Eight Rules for the Heart of Power / 409
Notes / 421

Index / 471

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