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Greatness: Reagan, Churchill, and the Making of Extraordinary Leaders

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The incredible unexplored connections between two of history’s greatest leaders

Ronald Reagan and Winston Churchill were true giants of the twentieth century, but somehow historians have failed to notice the many similarities between these extraordinary leaders. Until now.

In Greatness, Steven F. Hayward—who has written acclaimed studies of both Reagan and Churchill—goes b
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Published October 4th 2005 by Crown Forum (first published 2005)
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Can greatness among human beings really be spoken of in modern times? Perhaps it is a politically incorrect, anachronistic idea in our egalitarian age. Indeed, regarding both these men, Churchill and Reagan, the media appears to have downplayed their legacies for just this reason. For example, Time magazine in 1950 named Winston Churchill "Man of the Half-Century" but passed him over at century's end for "Person of the Century", explaining that "...Churchill turned out to be a romantic refugee f ...more
I enjoyed this book for two reasons, One is the encouragement of realizing that Greatness is not the latest “spin” but rather has to do with the character of the man or woman.

“What is greatness… understanding of Aristotle , … as the ability to translate wisdom into action on behalf of the public good… To be able to do this, Aristotle argued, requires a combination of moral virtue, practical wisdom, and public-spiritedness.” (p. 17)

“Why were Churchill and Reagan virtually alone among their conte
less of a focus on specific polices, but rather a compare and contrasting of the two men, and how their lives were shaped. Interesting parts comparing how each politician had unique attributes based on their life experience, that they were able to apply while in positions of President and Prime Minister.
Probably because I am a fan of men who own the great ideas of history I enjoyed this read greatly. Extraordinary leadership is a genuine blessing and we often do not recognize it until after it has left the scene. This book is a quick read and stimulates the imagination on the topic of which qualities construct the nature of such leaders.
somewhat interesting read but i thought the topic was poorly explored and presented. he never really gets to the "kernel" of greatness (i.e.- what it is) and spends a very short amount of focused time on exploring achieving greatness.
Communication is everything with regards to advancing your position. It's not the words, it's the vision the listener leaves with and takes away.
Very interesting comparison. I think history will eventually put Ronald Reagan in the same esteem with Winston Churchill.
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