A Call to Greatness: Challenging Our Next President

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2008 - Political Science - 200 pages
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A Call to Greatness: Challenging Our Next President examines how our next President can learn from the successes and failures of past Presidents to be an effective leader during a time of tremendous challenges at home and abroad. The present state of our union requires a creative reexamination of our national interests, a comprehensive vision, a leader with the ability to organize and marshal the best people and resources and a leader with the capacity to communicate this vision to our citizens and the world. This book has been circulated amongst the candidates for the 2008 United States Presidency prior to being published. The non-partisan, non-profit Center for the Study of the Presidency looks forward to the ensuing exchange of views on the nature of Presidential leadership and characteristics required of our next President.
  

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Contents

THE GATHERING STORM
3
ELEMENTS OF PRESIDENTIAL LEADERSHIP
13
PRESIDENTIAL PORTRAITS
17
LESSONS FOR THE NEXT PRESIDENT
95
SIX ELEMENTS OF A NATIONAL STRATEGY
103
RESPONDING DECISIVELY TO A CRISIS
113
SETTING PRIORITIES
119
MOBILIZING RESOURCES
125
COMMUNICATING AN UNDERSTANDABLE PUBLIC STRATEGY
149
OFFERING A VISION BEYOND WAR
161
FROM PERIL TO PROMISE
171
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
177
ABOUT THE CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF THE PRESIDENCY
179
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
181
NOTES
183
INDEX
193

MAINTAINING POLITICAL UNITY AND SHREWD TIMING
143

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David M. Abshire is the president of the Center for the Study of the Presidency, president of the Richard Lounsbery Foundation, and vice chairman of the Board of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, which he co-founded in 1962. His full-time government service includes Congressional staff (1958-1960), assistant secretary of state for Congressional Relations (1970-73), Ambassador to NATO (1983-87), and in the Presidential Cabinet as special counselor of President Reagan in 1987. Dr. Abshire is currently a member of the Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council Academe, Policy and Research Senior Advisory Committee. He lives in Washington, D.C.