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Profiles in Leadership: Historians on the Elusive Quality of Greatness

“Though we cannot learn leadership, we can learn from leaders, which is why this volume is so engaging and valuable.”―Boston Globe

What made FDR a more successful leader during the Depression crisis than Hoover? Why was Eisenhower more effective as supreme commander at war than he was as president? Who was Pauli Murray and why was she a pivotal figure in the civil rights movement?

Find the answers to these questions and more in essays by great historians including Sean Wilentz, Alan Brinkley, Annette Gordon-Reed, Jean Strouse, Frances FitzGerald, and others. Entertaining and insightful individually, taken together the essays address the enduring ingredients of leadership, the focus of an introduction by Walter Isaacson.

“Good bedside reading for history buffs.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Incisive and shrewd, this eclectic collection offers rich food for thought for students of history and management alike.”

“At a time when leadership is lacking, this memorable book culls examples from our past to reveal what makes a person stand above the rest.”
Publishers Weekly

Weight 0.300 kg



Walter Isaacson


W. W. Norton


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