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The best historians in the land consider examples of great leadership, well known and surprising, from Washington to Willkie and more.

What made FDR a more successful leader during the Depression crisis than Hoover? Why was Eisenhower more effective as supreme commander during World War II than he was as president? Why was Grant one of the best presidents of his day, if not in all of American history? What drove Bobby Kennedy into the scrum of electoral politics? Who was Pauli Murray and why was she one of the most decisive figures in the movement for civil rights?

Find the surprising and revelatory answers to these questions and more in this collection of new essays by great historians, including Sean Wilentz, Alan Brinkley, Annette Gordon-Reed, Jean Strouse, Robert Dallek, Frances FitzGerald, and others. Entertaining and insightful individually, taken together the essays represent a valuable set of reflections on the enduring ingredients of leadership.

©2010 Walter Isaacson (P)2010 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Good bedside reading for history buffs." (Kirkus Reviews)

"Incisive and shrewd, this eclectic collection offers rich food for thought for students of history and management alike." (Booklist)

"At a time when leadership is lacking, this memorable book culls examples from our past to reveal what makes a person stand above the rest." (Publishers Weekly

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  • 03-10-2012

Not by Isaacson

This is not a book by Isaacson, the author of the wonderfully written book about Steve Jobs.



This is a collection of essays, which Isaacson edited.



It's a shame audible.co.uk doesn't sell Isaacson's other books, like audible.com does.

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