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Why Moderates Make the Best Presidents: George Washington to Barack Obama

Why Moderates Make the Best Presidents: George Washington to Barack Obama

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Paperback, Univ Pr of Kansas, 2012, ISBN13 9780700618835, ISBN10 070061883X
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Paperback, Univ Pr of Kansas, 2012, ISBN13 9780700618835, ISBN10 070061883X

George Washington, Abraham, Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan-most would agree their presidencies were amongst the most successful in American history. But what made these very different men such effective leaders? According to presidential historian Gil Troy, these presidents succeeded not because of their bold political visions, but because of their moderation.
Although many presidential candidates claim to be moderates, the word cannot conceal a political climate defined by extreme rhetoric and virulent partisanship. In this book, Troy argues that this is a distinctly un-American state of affairs. The great presidents of American history have always sought a golden mean-from George Washington, who brilliantly mediated between the competing visions of Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton, to Abraham Lincoln, who rescued the union with his principled pragmatism, to the two Roosevelts, Theodore and Franklin, who united millions of Americans with their powerful, affirmative, nationalist visions.
Moderation in politics is difficult to achieve in an age of excess-an anything-goes culture feeds an all-or-nothing politics. In the face of challenges both at home and abroad, Troy calls for a muscular moderation, a powerful affirmation of the values that united us and a commitment to a politics that builds from the center rather than playing to extremes.
As America lines up to select its next president, Gil Troy brilliantly reminds us of the finest traditions of presidential leadership from our nation's past.
Published in 2008 (by Basic Books) as Leading from the Center. This is the first time in paperback.

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Number of Pages: 350
Original Languages: English
Author: Troy, Gil
Book Format: Paperback
Publisher: Univ Pr of Kansas
Publication Date: September, 2012
ISBN-13: 9780700618835
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 6.25 x 9.25 x 1.00 Inches
ISBN-10: 070061883X
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