James David Barber





James David Barber

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Dr. James David Barber (July 31, 1930 – September 12, 2004) was a political scientist whose book The Presidential Character made him famous for his classification of presidents through their worldviews. From 1977 to 1995 he was a professor of political science at Duke University.

Barber was born on July 31, 1930, in Charleston, West Virginia, to a physician and nurse. In the 1950s he served in the United States Army as a counter-intelligence agent before attending the University of Chicago. He earned a master's degree in political science while he was there, and he moved on to receive a PhD in the same field at Yale University.

He joined the faculty at Duke University in 1972, and he became a fully fledged professor at that institute in 1977.


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The Presidential Character:...
3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 53 ratings — published 1977 — 4 editions
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The Pulse of Politics: Elec...
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 4 ratings — published 1992
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Citizen Politics; An Introd...
3.5 of 5 stars 3.50 avg rating — 2 ratings — published 1972
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The Presidential Character
5.0 of 5 stars 5.00 avg rating — 1 rating — published 1972
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Book of Democracy-
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 1 rating — published 2009
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Women Leaders in American P...
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The Presidential Character:...
0.0 of 5 stars 0.00 avg rating — 0 ratings — published 1972
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Choosing the President
0.0 of 5 stars 0.00 avg rating — 0 ratings — published 1974 — 2 editions
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Erasmus, A Play On Words
0.0 of 5 stars 0.00 avg rating — 0 ratings — published 1981 — 2 editions
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Politics by Humans: Researc...
0.0 of 5 stars 0.00 avg rating — 0 ratings — published 1988
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