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Running Alone
By James M. Burns

Running Alone

Presidential Leadership from JFK to Bush II

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Running Alone by James M. Burns

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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. Kennedys 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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780465008339
ISBN-10: 046500833X
Format: Paperback
(236mm x 156mm x 19mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 18-Sep-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - James M. Burns

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.

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