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The presidency and rhetorical leadership
Dorsey, Leroy G., 1959-
First edition.
Publication Information:
College Station : Texas A&M University Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
[viii], 270 pages ; 24 cm.
General Note:
"The chapters appearing in this volume were first presented at the fifth annual conference on presidential rhetoric held at Texas A&M University's Presidential Conference Center, March 4-7, 1999"--P. [vii].
Introduction : The President as a rhetorical Leader / Leroy G. Dorsey -- The Presidency has always been a place for rhetorical Leadership / David Zarefsky -- George Washington and the rhetoric of presidential leadership / Stephen E. Lucas -- Classical virtue and presidential fame : John Adams, leadership, and the Franco-American crisis / James M. Farrell -- Jefferson vs. Napoleon : the limits of rhetoric / Lawrence S. Kaplan -- Politics as performance art : the body english of Theodore Roosevelt / H.W. Brands -- Presidential leadership and national identity : Woodrow Wilson and the meaning of America / James R. Andrews -- FDR at Gettysburg : the New Deal and the rhetoric of presidential leadership / Thomas W. Benson -- The hidden hand vs. the bully pulpit : the layered political rhetoric of President Eisenhower / Meena Bose and Fred I. Greenstein -- Ronald Reagan and the American dream : a study in rhetoric out of time / G. Thomas Goodnight -- Cunning, rhetoric, and the presidency of William Jefferson Clinton / John M. Murphy -- Afterword : rhetorical leadership and presidential performance / Leroy G. Dorsey.
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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 failed to serve - American presidents. From their disparate treatments of a range of presidencies, an underlying agreement emerges among the 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. Leroy G. Dorsey introduces these themes, and David Zarefsky picks them up in looking at the historical development of rhetorical leadership within the presidency. Each succeeding chapter then examines the rhetorical leadership of a particular president, often within the context of a specific incident that marked his term in office. Chapters deal with George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton. This book provides an indispensable addition to the literature on the presidency and to leadership studies.