The American Leadership Tradition: Moral Vision from Washington to Clinton

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Free Press, 1999 - Philosophy - 298 pages
In the first modern systematic examination of the bond between morals and politics, Marvin Olasky examines the lives and careers of thirteen noted American leaders, including the great, the good, and the deeply flawed, from George Washington, Henry Clay, and Booker T. Washington to Woodrow Wilson, John F. Kennedy, and Bill Clinton. Olasky looks closely at the connections between religion, sexual practices, and political decisions, examining the repeated connections between private character and public action. He explains how so-called "compartmentalization" proved to be as impossible for Lincoln as for Woodrow Wilson.

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This book looks at thirteen noted American leaders, including George Washington, Henry Clay, JFK, and Bill Clinton and the relationship between morals and politics. It answers the question if a "leader breaks a vow to one person, will it be easy to break small vows to millions?" Read full review

GOD, SEX, AND STATESMANSHIP: The Morals and Politics of Great American Leaders

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A work of interpretive opinion, not of fresh historical understanding. The fox, it is said, has many ideas and the hedgehog one. Olasky (Renewing American Compassion, 1996), editor of the Christian ... Read full review


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