The Power and the Story: How the Crafted Presidential Narrative Has Determined Political Success from George Washington to George W. Bush
by Evan Cornog
Perfectly timed for the 2004 election, Evan Cornog's The Power and the Story raises a thesis so integral to the discussion that it's surprising it's never been posited before. The key to a successful election, administration, and ultimate legacy is, in great measure, the crafting of the presidential story. The impact of these stories on the electorate and the nation is alm...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 25th 2004 by Penguin Press HC, The
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I picked this up because of the words "Presidential narrative." As an armchair historian I enjoyed the survey of presidents. As a chaplain whose work consists of listening to people's stories (how they are making meaning out of the events of their lives). The last two chapters attended to the larger stories that have driven our society and explored how the original meaning of a person's life/service will change as future values shift. As a Christian (a believer in the Christ story) who is concer...more