Presidential Leadership and the Creation of the American Era by Joseph S. Nye, Jr.
(Richard Ullman Lectures)

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...his praise for “ethical realists” such as the elder Bush is not without its own bias.
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This book examines the foreign policy decisions of the presidents who presided over the most critical phases of America’s rise to world primacy in the twentieth century, and assesses the effectiveness and ethics of their choices. Joseph Nye, who was ranked as one of Foreign Policy magazine’s 100 Top Global Thinkers, reveals how some presidents tried with varying success to forge a new international order while others sought to manage America’s existing position. The book shows how transformational presidents like Wilson and Reagan changed how America sees the world, but argues that transactional presidents like Eisenhower and the elder Bush were sometimes more effective and ethical. It also draws important lessons for today’s uncertain world, in which presidential decision making is more critical than ever.

 

About Joseph S. Nye, Jr.

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Joseph S. Nye, Jr., Dean of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, was Chairman of the National Intelligence Council and an Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Clinton administration. A frequent contributor to The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal, he is the author several books, including Governance in a Globalizing World and Bound to Lead: The Changing Nature of American Power.
 
Published May 21, 2013 by Princeton University Press. 194 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy, Professional & Technical, Biographies & Memoirs, History. Non-fiction
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Publishers Weekly

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on Apr 01 2013

His concluding reflections on the changing nature of exercising power in the 21st century effectively contextualize the continuing tensions inherent in managing domestic and international authority.

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Reviewed by Edward Luce on Aug 11 2013

Joseph Nye’s slim volume on presidential leadership offers an elegant antidote to many of the myths.

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The Economist

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on Jun 22 2013

...his praise for “ethical realists” such as the elder Bush is not without its own bias.

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