The Presidency and Rhetorical Leadership

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Leroy G. Dorsey
Texas A&M University Press, 26. mar. 2008 - 280 strani

Successful presidential leadership depends upon words as well as deeds.  In this multifaceted look at rhetorical leadership, twelve leading scholars in three different disciplines provide in-depth studies of how words have served or disserved American presidents.

At the heart of rhetorical leadership lies the classical concept of prudence, practical wisdom that combines good sense with good character.  From their disparate treatments of a range of presidencies, an underlying agreement emerges among the historians, political scientists, and communication scholars included in the volume.  To be effective, they find, presidents must be able to articulate the common good in a particular situation and they must be credible on the basis of their own character. Who they are and what they can do are thus twin pillars of successful rhetorical leadership.
      Leroy G. Dorsey introduces these themes, and David Zarefsky picks them up in looking at the historical development of rhetorical leadership within the office of the presidency.  Each succeeding chapter then examines the rhetorical leadership of a particular president, often within the context of a specific incident or challenge that marked his term in office.  Chapters dealing with George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton offer the specifics for a clearer understanding of how rhetoric serves leadership in the American presidency.   This book provides an indispensable addition to the literature on the presidency and in leadership studies.


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The Presidency Has Always Been a Place for Rhetorical Leadership
George Washington and the Rhetoric of Presidential Leadership
Classical Virtue and Presidential Fame John Adams Leadership and the FrancoAmerican Crisis
Jefferson vs Napoleon The Limits of Rhetoric
Politics as Performance Art The Body English of Theodore Roosevelt
Presidential Leadership and National Identity Woodrow Wilson and the Meaning of America
FDR at Gettysburg The New Deal and the Rhetoric of Presidential Leadership
The Hidden Hand vs the Bully Pulpit The Layered Political Rhetoric of President Eisenhower
Ronald Reagan and the American Dream A Study in Rhetoric Out of Time
Cunning Rhetoric and the Presidency of William Jefferson Clinton
Rhetorical Leadership and Presidential Performance
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Volume editor LEROY G. DORSEY is a professor of speech communication at Texas A&M University.  He holds the Ph.D. from Indiana University.

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