Memo to a New President: The Art and Science of Presidential Leadership by Michael A. GenoveseMemo to a New President: The Art and Science of Presidential Leadership by Michael A. Genovese

Memo to a New President: The Art and Science of Presidential Leadership

byMichael A. Genovese

Paperback | April 13, 2007

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So you've gotten yourself elected president--now what? Help is here in the form of an imaginary memo from your former professor, who integrates the works of the great thinkers (Aristotle, Plato, Machiavelli, etc.) with contemporary scholarship to address the strengths, limitations, andpossibilities of presidential leadership. Michael A. Genovese, a highly esteemed presidential scholar, culls numerous nuggets of wisdom about presidential leadership, including past presidents, condensing detailed and academically grounded insights into an engaging and entertaining read. Allessential topics are covered, including: presidential character and personality; political institutions and opportunities; power versus leadership; and sources of and limits to presidential power. In-depth coverage of crisis management and wartime decision-making are unique strengths of the book. Chapters are brief and concise, making Memo to a New President far more interesting than supplements such as case studies or documents. Genovese's presentation allows readers to identify with the various constraints on America's chief executive and gives them an opportunity to apply their knowledgeand preconceptions (often misconceptions) to the political realities that presidents routinely face. Students are left to grapple with a central question of the book: Is an effective presidency possible without undermining the essence of a democratic republic?
Michael Genovese is a Professor of Political Science at Loyola Marymount University.
Title:Memo to a New President: The Art and Science of Presidential LeadershipFormat:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 5.79 × 8.9 × 0.59 inPublished:April 13, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195332458

ISBN - 13:9780195332452


Table of Contents

Part I. Introduction1. To the New President2. The World's Most Exclusive Club: The Modern Presidents3. Defining Leadership4. Power and Leadership5. Presidential GreatnessPart II. Self-Knowledge6. The Skilled Leader7. The Personality and Character of the Leader8. The Uses of Emotion9. The Moral Universe of Leaders10. Mistakes Happen . . . and Happen . . . and Happen11. Vision12. The Presidential Voice13. Your FamilyPart III. System Knowledge14. The Paradoxes of the American Presidency15. Levels of Political Opportunity16. The Importance of the Transition17. Political Timing and the Honeymoon18. You and the People19. Shaman and Symbol20. Management21. Dealing With the Pesky Congress22. Facing the Courts and the Rule of Law23. The Media and You24. Party LeadershipPart IV. World Knowledge25. Dealing With an Interdependent World26. Crisis Management27. War28. Going Beyond the Law in a Dangerous WorldPart V. Conclusion: The Purposive Leader29. Leading Change30. The Ends of Good Governance31. Phronesis32. ConclusionBibliographyIndex

Editorial Reviews

"To all incumbent presidents, presidential aspirants, and presidency watchers, my advice is to forego Machiavelli. Also Neustadt. And focus instead on Genovese, who offers leadership stratagems grounded in the realities of street-wise politics. Written as a personal memo to the newly elected,Memo to a New President is a compendium of sage advice drawn from scholarly, biographical, and philosophical literatures but conveyed through contemporary stories, age-old parables, witty narratives, and Genovese's finely tuned political sense. This remarkable book is one-of-a-kind, a refreshingdeparture from the standard textbooks on the American presidency."--Raymond Tatalovich, Loyola University, Chicago