Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton

Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton

by David Gergen, David Gergen
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Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton by David Gergen, David Gergen

Leadership: The Ultimate Guide
Few Americans have observed the ups and downs of presidential leadership more closely over the past thirty years — from Nixon to Clinton and Watergate to Whitewater — than David Gergen. A White House adviser to four presidents, both Republican and Democrat, he offers a vivid, behind-the-scenes account of their struggles to exercise power and draws from them key lessons for leaders of the future. Taking us inside the administrations of Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Clinton, Gergen reflects on everything from why Nixon was the best global strategist among recent presidents to how the Bill-and-Hillary seesaw rocked the White House during Clinton's tenure as president.
Gergen argues that, as the twenty-first century begins, our success as a country will depend heavily upon the success of a new generation in power. Drawing upon his many experiences in the White House, he offers seven vital elements for future leaders. What they must have, he says, are inner mastery; a central, compelling purpose rooted in moral values; a capacity to persuade; skills in working within the system; a fast start; a strong, effective team; and a passion that inspires others to keep the flame alive.

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ISBN-13: 9780743203227
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 09/25/2001
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 152,324
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

David Gergen is a prominent national journalist, teacher, and public lecturer. He is a professor of public service at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and codirector of the school's Center for Public Leadership. He is also editor-at-large at U.S. News & World Report and is a regular political analyst on television.

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Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
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tyler durden More than 1 year ago
Good read
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Interesting stories and insights from the inside. Wonderful leadership lessons which everyone can internalize and Apply.
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CindyBrock61 More than 1 year ago
While I don't deem myself to be a political expert of any sort, I do like to find out about people who have attained positions of power and wonder who they are and how they got where they are. This book provided some great insight to the questions I have always pondered.

We hear so much about the "bad" side of government. It was nice to finally read something that showed what really happens and that it's not all bad. What it boils down to is people are people and no one is perfect.

In Michael Douglas' speech in the movie, The American President, he says "....that being President of this country was, to a certain extent, about character. And although I've not been willing to engage in his [Senator Rumson] attacks on me, I have been here three years and three days, and I can tell you without hesitation: Being President of this country is entirely about character." Mr. Gergen's book shows the true character of these men as well as the people around them. It removes the questions about what really goes on behind the scenes, and how what we hear as outsiders can be 100% accurate or completely off the mark.

During the 2008 election, Mr. Gergen was one of the few experts I followed on CNN for his take on what was happening. I find him to be a man that really knows his way around the Washington game, while simultaneously being a real person who cares for the greater good.

I enjoyed this book as a layperson - not a political science major or die-hard political aficionado looking to tear it to bits. It was a book that took away some of my naivety, and solidified what I had always felt was happening.
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Gergen's insights into Leadership aren't revolutionary. What makes this book readable is his personal experience working for so many Presidents. He shows a bit of partisanship in his glowing histories of Reagan and Nixon, but does give Clinton a fair appraisal. I was surprised he would have anything nice to say about Clinton after his experience in that particular White House, but Gergen seems to have few bones to pick. As a book on Leadership, it is sub-par, but as an "eyewitness" account to history, it is an enjoyable read.