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