The American Presidents
Heroic Leadership from Kennedy to Clinton
By (author) Jon Ropert
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American Presidents by Jon Ropert
Book DescriptionWith its cold war enemies led by dictators who promoted the myth of their heroic leadership, how might democratic America respond? This book looks at how John F. Kennedy confronted this challenge, moulding the narratives of 'consensus history' into the activist rhetoric of the New Frontier. It examines how his image, heroic style of leadership, and legacy - America's war in Vietnam - impacted upon his successors. Covering the period from 1960 to the present and against the background of key contemporary events, the book draws upon a wide variety of sources to illuminate its subjects. After Kennedy, hero, came Lyndon Johnson, casualty of war; Richard Nixon, heroic failure; Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter, faith-healers; Ronald Reagan, star; George Bush, deputy; and Bill Clinton, survivor. From Kennedy's inauguration to Clinton's impeachment hearings, the book examines the development of the character of the contemporary presidency during one of the most fascinating and turbulent periods in its history. Written in an engaging and accessible style, it offers a challenging and provocative synthesis of the subject as well as exploring new ground.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780748612260
(234mm x 156mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Edinburgh University Press
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publish Date: 14-Mar-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Jon Ropert
Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Presidents of America, Hardback (July 2012)
A guide to the 44 incumbents who have held the highest-ranking political office in the United States' government. Opening with George Washington, it provides an in-depth analysis of each US president. It also presents the key facts about every president, their term in office and their life stories in domestic and international context.
Visual Encyclopedia of Modern American Presidents, Paperback (November 2011)
Provides an overview of the memorable figures who have made their mark on American political history including Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D Roosevelt, John F Kennedy, Richard Nixon and Barack Obama. This title includes an analysis of each leader as politician, statesman and private individual.
Visual Encyclopedia of American Presidents 1789-1901, Paperback (November 2011)» View all books by Jon Ropert
A chronological guide to more than a century of American presidents from George Washington's uncontested and popular election in 1789 to William Mckinley's untimely assassination in 1901. It provides an overview of the early history of American politics from which the union of 13 colonies emerged to form a nation.
UK Kirkus Review » During the Cold War, several communist countries were headed by charismatic dictators whose personalities enhanced their threat to Western democracy; as a result, American leaders had to create their own style of heroic leadership that would stand up to this. John F Kennedy led the way, shaping 'consensus history' into activist rhetoric. This book examines how image, leadership style and legacy - American involvement in the Vietnam War - and their impact on successive presidents. From Kennedy to Clinton, it traces the developing image of the presidency during one of the most interesting and troubled periods in its history. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Jon Ropert
Jon Roper is Professor of American Studies at the University of Swansea and has taught at the University of Tennessee, the University of Wisconsin, and Ohio State University. He is the author of The Complete Illustrated Guide to the Presidents of America: An Authoritative History of the American Presidency.
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