Presidential Command: Power, Leadership, and the Making of Foreign Policy from Richard Nixon to George W. Bush

By: Rodman, Peter W.

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A revelatory account from a Washington insider of how modern presidents have succeeded--and failed--in making foreign policy. A respected expert who has held high-level positions in several administrations, Peter Rodman examines the foreign policy leadership of every president since Richard Nixon, illuminating what actually occurs in the Oval Office. Focusing on the qualities of personal leadership that determine a president's ability to guide his administration, Rodman makes clear how these qualities shape policy and influence whether an administration is paralyzed by leaks and cabinet rivalries, or whether cabinet departments are truly responsive to presidential wishes. With telling anecdotes and trenchant analysis, he reminds us of the importance of a president's vision of the world and of his or her selecting the right people to help implement it. Rodman offers an original and telling survey of modern presidential policy making, challenging many conventional accounts of events as well as many conventionally proposed remedies. This is a vivid story of larger-than-life Washington personalities in action--as well as an invaluable primer for the next occupant of the Oval Office.

Title: Presidential Command: Power, Leadership, and the Making of Foreign Policy from Richard Nixon to George W. Bush

Author Name: Rodman, Peter W.

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Publisher: Knopf: 2009-01-06

ISBN Number: 0307269795

ISBN Number 13: 9780307269799

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

Seller ID: 0307269795-01