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The Presidential Difference: Leadership Style from FDR to Barack Obama (Third Edition) / Edition 3

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Overview

Fred I. Greenstein has long been one of our keenest observers of the modern presidency. In The Presidential Difference, he provides a fascinating and instructive account of the presidential qualities that have served well and poorly in the Oval Office, beginning with Franklin D. Roosevelt's first hundred days. He surveys each president's political skill, vision, cognitive style, organizational capacity, ability to communicate, and emotional intelligence—and argues that the last is the most important in predicting presidential success. Throughout, Greenstein offers a series of bottom-line judgments on each of his thirteen subjects as well as an overarching theory of why presidents succeed or fail.

In this new edition, Greenstein assesses President George W. Bush in the wake of his two terms. The book also includes a new chapter on the leadership style of President Obama and how we can expect it to affect his presidency and legacy.

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Editorial Reviews

Globe & Mail
Praise for Princeton's previous editions : If I were to assign just one short book on the modern presidency, this would be it.
— Stephen Hess
New York Times - Phil Gailey
Praise for Princeton's previous editions: Illuminating. . . . A perceptive view of the leadership qualities and the events that shaped the triumphs and tragedies of the modern presidency.
Globe and Mail - Stephen Hess
Praise for Princeton's previous editions: If I were to assign just one short book on the modern presidency, this would be it.
From the Publisher
Praise for Princeton's previous editions: Illuminating. . . . A perceptive view of the leadership qualities and the events that shaped the triumphs and tragedies of the modern presidency."—Phil Gailey, New York Times

Praise for Princeton's previous editions: If I were to assign just one short book on the modern presidency, this would be it."—Stephen Hess, Globe and Mail

New York Times
Praise for Princeton's previous editions : Illuminating. . . . A perceptive view of the leadership qualities and the events that shaped the triumphs and tragedies of the modern presidency.
— Phil Gailey
Globe and Mail

Praise for Princeton's previous editions: "If I were to assign just one short book on the modern presidency, this would be it.
— Stephen Hess

New York Times
Praise for Princeton's previous editions: "Illuminating. . . . A perceptive view of the leadership qualities and the events that shaped the triumphs and tragedies of the modern presidency.
— Phil Gailey
Globe and Mail
Praise for Princeton's previous editions: "If I were to assign just one short book on the modern presidency, this would be it.
— Stephen Hess
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691143835
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 8/10/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 359,127
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Fred I. Greenstein is professor of politics emeritus at Princeton University. His books include "Inventing the Job of President: Leadership Style from George Washington to Andrew Jackson" and "The Hidden-Hand Presidency: Eisenhower as Leader".

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