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Presidential command : power, leadership, and the making of foreign policy from Richard Nixon to Geroge W. Bush / Peter W. Rodman.

Author/Creator:
Rodman, Peter W.
Publication:
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009.
Format/Description:
Book
xiii, 351 p. ; 25 cm.
Edition:
1st ed.
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Subjects:
Presidents -- United States.
United States -- Foreign relations.
Political leadership.
Summary:
A Washington insider reveals how modern presidents have succeeded--and failed--in making foreign policy. In the wake of recent American experiences abroad, and with a new administration taking office, here is an in-depth look at what actually happens in the Oval Office, from a respected expert who has held several high-level government positions. Rodman offers a telling survey of modern presidential policy-making, challenging many conventional accounts of events as well as many standard remedies. Illuminating the qualities of personal leadership--character, focus, determination, persuasiveness, and consistency--that determine a president's ability to guide his staff, Rodman makes clear how these qualities shape policy and determine how this policy is implemented. This is a vivid story of larger-than-life Washington personalities in action, and an insightful primer on executive leadership.--From publisher description.
Contents:
Bureaucracy, democracy, and legitimacy
The modern setting
Richard Nixon
Gerald Ford
Jimmy Carter
Ronald Reagan
George H.W. Bush
Bill Clinton
George W. Bush
Lessons learned.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (p. 293-334) and index.
ISBN:
9780307269799
0307269795
OCLC:
232980284