The American Leadership Tradition: The Inevitable Impact of a Leader's Faith on a Nation's Destiny

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Crossway, 2000 - Political Science - 295 pages
Influenced by his deep faith, Olasky's writings show that values and moral convictions are critical to the strength of a free society and a free people. -George W. Bush Olasky establishes the urgent need for role models who stand for the virtues that we want to pass on to our children, including honesty, responsibility, and accountability.-U.S. Senator John Ashcroft Olasky's book reveals how the character of our leaders has been, and remains, crucial to America's destiny.-Gary L. Bauer, Family Research Council One can only pray that Olasky's work as a historian, which helped reverse the momentum of the march of big government, will be similarly used to halt the slide into moral despair.-Charles Colson, Chairman of Prison Fellowship Ministries Many Americans seem to believe that a president's private activities bear little connection to his public decisions, yet we are also convinced that moral vision is crucial for a leader. Where does the truth lie? In detailing the words and experiences of the great, the good, and the deeply flawed men who have led this country, journalist Marvin Olasky examines the intersection of politics and religion. The lives of these thirteen American leaders from Washington to Clinton provide indisputable evidence that private morality does indeed affect public policy. And that it does so in ways you may never have considered until now.
 

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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

Contents

George Washington
3
Thomas Jefferson
23
Andrew Jackson
45
Henry Clay
66
Abraham Lincoln
81
Interlude
105
Booker T Washington
107
John D Rockefeller
126
Theodore Roosevelt
167
Woodrow Wilson
186
Franklin Roosevelt
209
John F Kennedy
232
Curtain
255
Bill Clinton and Beyond
257
Bibliography
273
Index
287

18851963
145
Grover Cleveland
147

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