Prisoners of the White House: The Isolation of America's Presidents and the Crisis of Leadership

Prisoners of the White House: The Isolation of America's Presidents and the Crisis of Leadership

by Kenneth T. Walsh


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Prisoners of the White House looks at the isolation experienced by presidents of the United States in the White House, a habitat almost guaranteed to keep America's commander in chief far removed from everyday life.
The authors look at how this is emerging as one of the most serious dilemmas facing the American presidency. As presidents have become more isolated, the role of the presidential pollster has grown. Ken Walsh has been given exclusive access to the polls and confidential memos received by presidents over the years, and has interviewed presidential pollsters directly to gain their unique perspective. Prisoners of the White House gets inside the bubble and punctures the mythology surrounding the presidency.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612051604
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 05/28/2013
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Kenneth T. Walsh is the chief White House correspondent for U.S. News and World Report. He is the author of the daily blog “Ken Walsh’s Washington” for, and “The Presidency,” a weekly column for the U.S. News Weekly. He has covered the presidency since 1986 and is one of the longest-serving White House correspondents in history. Walsh is the former president of the White House Correspondents’ Association and has served as an adjunct professor of communication at American University in Washington, DC. He is the author of six other books, including two others published by Paradigm, Prisoners of the White House and Family of Freedom.

Table of Contents

Preface Acknowledgments Chapter 1 Trapped in "the Bubble" PART I Four Who Lost the People Chapter 2 Lyndon B. Johnson: From Outreach to Isolation Chapter 3 Richard Nixon: In the Bunker Chapter 4 Jimmy Carter: Good Intentions, Bad Outcomes Chapter 5 George H. W. Bush: Missing the Obvious PART II Two Defiant Princes Chapter 6 John F. Kennedy and George W. Bush: Strange Bedfellows PART III Five Who Stayed Connected Chapter 7 Franklin Roosevelt: Reading the Nation's Pulse with Eleanor Chapter 8 Harry Truman: Connected to Everyman Chapter 9 Ronald Reagan: Middle-Class Roots Chapter 10 Bill Clinton: Escapes from Disaster Chapter 11 Barack Obama: Beyond the Beltway PART IV From Wizards to Chicken Peddlers Chapter 12 The Wizards of the White House Chapter 13 Breaking Out of the Bubble Notes Bibliography Index About the Author

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From Roosevelt to Obama, an entertaining and insightful behind-the-scenes look at how presidents use polling and personal outreach to gauge the voters' political intent, and how they decide to follow or flout that intent. The conclusions are often not what you would expect.