The American Leadership Tradition: Moral Vision from Washington to Clinton
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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The New York Sun in 1898 characterized his responses as slow , sparing , and “
seldom in response to the meaning of the question put . ” But what many
reporters ended up noticing , instead of cautious responses or displays of wealth
, were ...
But they were pointed in a particular direction , and his claims that they were just
self - evident responses to crisis were political poor - mouthing . A consistent
religious vision , based in the social gospel of his youth , underlay his response
Pundit Richard Rovere gave the typical response from American journalists : “ No
one who watched developments here failed to be impressed by the forethought ,
precision , subtlety , and steady nerves of the President and those around him ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - salem.colorado - LibraryThing
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 LeadersUser Review - Kirkus
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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