Profiles in Leadership: Historians on the Elusive Quality of Greatness

Profiles in Leadership: Historians on the Elusive Quality of Greatness

by Walter Isaacson
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Profiles in Leadership: Historians on the Elusive Quality of Greatness by Walter Isaacson

What made FDR a more successful leader during the Depression crisis than Hoover? Why was Eisenhower more effective as supreme commander during World War II than he was as president? Why was Grant one of the best presidents of his day, if not in all of American history? What drove Bobby Kennedy into the scrum of electoral politics? Who was Pauli Murray and why was she one of the most decisive figures in the movement for civil rights?

Find the surprising and revelatory answers to these questions and more in this collection of new essays by great historians, including Sean Wilentz, Alan Brinkley, Annette Gordon-Reed, Jean Strouse, Robert Dallek, Frances FitzGerald, and others. Entertaining and insightful individually, taken together the essays represent a valuable set of reflections on the enduring ingredients of leadership—the focus of an introduction by Walter Isaacson.

This book is a treat for lovers of fine history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393076554
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 10/18/2010
Pages: 331
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Walter Isaacson lives in Washington, DC, where he is the president and CEO of the Aspen Institute. He is the author of acclaimed, best-selling biographies of Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, and Henry Kissinger.

Date of Birth:

May 20, 1952

Place of Birth:

New Orleans, LA

Education:

Harvard, B.A. in History and Literature, 1974; Oxford (Rhodes Scholar), M.A. in Philosophy, Politics, & Economics

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mryoda More than 1 year ago
A very good book. Very nicely written and edited. A lot of information about leadership. I highly enjoyed it. The chapters on Grant and Chief Joseph were well done. Of course, my favorite was the piece on Washington.