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Private Lives/Public Consequences: Personality and Politics in Modern America

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A political leader's decisions can determine the fate of a nation, but what determines how and why that leader makes certain choices? William H. Chafe, a distinguished historian of 20th Century America, examines eight of the most significant political leaders of the modern era in order to explore the relationship between their personal patterns of behaviour and their polit ...more
Hardcover, 420 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Harvard University Press
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Colleen
May 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: poli-sci, biographic
Quick sketches of the intersection of important 20th century politicians' personal lives with their political careers. The brevity of each could've led to simplistic or superficial political-psychological analysis -- but didn't. Insight was packed into a short essay, enough that on figures I wasn't interested I wasn't impatient, while being revealing enough that I wound up willing to reconsider my image of those I thought I understood (namely Reagan.)
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Political history of private indiscretions when made public
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Aug 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I learned so much. A great read.
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An interesting examination of the ways in which the personal, private lives of leaders effects their public lives and leadership.
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William Chafe is an American historian, and currently the Alice Mary Baldwin Professor of History at Duke University.
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