Running Alone: Presidential Leadership from JFK to Bush II

Running Alone: Presidential Leadership from JFK to Bush II

by James MacGregor Burns

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Running Alone: Presidential Leadership from JFK to Bush II by James MacGregor Burns

Since mid-century, America has witnessed an ominous decline in presidential leadership, culminating in the failing presidency of George W. Bush today. How did this happen? In Running Alone, the distinguished political scientist and leadership expert James MacGregor Burns finds the origin of the problem in John F. Kennedy's presidential style-and its influence on his successors in the Oval Office. Kennedy rejected collective leadership in favor of a highly personalized executive branch, run by a small group of hand-picked advisors. His successors followed his lead; each in his own way ran and governed alone, exploiting the party base while often ignoring party platforms and party needs. Burns charts the decline of genuine leadership in the Oval Office and offers practical proposals for restoring the kind of transforming leadership that this country so desperately needs. With unsurpassed knowledge of American history and politics, Burns shows us the way forward.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786748570
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 06/16/2009
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
File size: 801 KB

About the Author

One of America's most astute political thinkers, James MacGregor Burns is Woodrow Wilson Professor of Government Emeritus at Williams College. He is the author of many books on American history and politics, including Roosevelt: The Lion and the Fox and Roosevelt: The Soldier of Freedom (winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award), and Leadership, still considered the seminal work in the field of leadership studies. He lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

"I Think You Underestimate Him"     1
The Tribal Thrust     7
Pushing and Shoving     21
The Power Broker     43
JFK and LBJ: Governing Together     71
Nixon-Reagan: The Grand New Party     91
The Carter-Clinton Connection     119
The Bushes: Standing Together Alone     147
Needed: Party Polarization     177
Empowering Followers     189
Afterword     201
Bibliography and Notes     203
Acknowledgments     263
Index     265

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