Presidential Character, The: Predicting Performance in the White House

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  • Edition: 4th
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  • Copyright: 2008-07-01
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Dr. James David Barberrs"s well-known, provocative examination of who has the potential to be voted into the highest office in the land - andwhy- is being reissued as the newest addition to the "Longman Classics in Political Science" series. Arguing that patterns in a personrs"s character, world view, and style can allow us to anticipate their performance as president,The Presidential Characteroffers explanations and predictions of the performance of presidents and presidential candidates. Drawing on historical, biographical, and psychological research, Dr. Barber hoped to help voters make judicious choices in determining the countryrs"s highest leaders. Revisiting this classic work in todayrs"s important presidential election season begs a reconsideration of Barberrs"s probing and enduring query, "What should we look for in a president?"

Author Biography

James David Barber was a Duke University political scientist and provocateur best known for exploring the psychology of Oval Office aspirants and occupants.  He spent years as a consultant to "NBC Nightly News" and as a board member of the Poynter Institute, a center for the study of journalism and media ethics in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Table of Contents

Texas A&M University
Predicting Presidents
Presidential Character and How to Foresee It
The Contradictions of Power
Three Tragic Tales
The Active-Negative Presidents
The Origins of Presidential Compulsion
Richard Nixon: Winning Tragedy
Of Love and Political Duty
The Passive-Negative Presidents
The Passive-Positive Presidents
Reagan Wrecks Reality
Congruence in Character
Franklin D. Roosevelt and Active-Positive Affection
Harry S. Truman and Active-Positive Combat
John F. Kennedy and Active-Positive Commitment
The Crucial Ford Transition
Beyond Character
President Carter and Negotiation
President Bush and Worldview
The Theory of Presidential Character
Adding It Up
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