Character: profiles in presidential courage

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Rugged Land, Sep 14, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 426 pages
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Throughout American history, presidents have faced difficult choices–decisions that have had grave political and personal consequences. Will leadership prevail? Or will the office cede power to popular opinion? At these critical times, many of our presidents have chosen a path of genuine courage. They stood up for what they believed was right for the country and displayed tremendous character, which made them leaders of men.

With the indispensable contributions of Richard E. Neustadt– author of the seminal Presidential Power, former adviser to presidents Truman, Kennedy, and Johnson, and founder of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government–Wallace has chosen nearly twenty notable acts of presidential courage in our nation’s history, including: George Washington and the Whiskey Rebellion, Theodore Roosevelt and the Russo-Japanese War, Harry Truman and the Berlin Airlift, and George W. Bush and the war in Iraq.

How and why did these men choose the hard way? What experiences from their civilian lives came to bear on their decisions? What forces shaped them? Who influenced them? Who didn’t? What gave them their inner fortitude?

Using this Socratic approach, Wallace brings out the humanity of these power brokers and lets their personal histories shine through. The result is a completely involving and tremendously informative look at the presidents who’ve made defining choices for our nation in times of national uncertainty.

Just in time for the 2004 election, Character: Profiles in Presidential Courage is a must read for every citizen who has lost his or her faith in our executive branch of government–a captivating and informative narrative of courage and determination in our nation’s presidential history.

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Review: Character: Profiles In Presidential Courage

User Review  - Jake Danishevsky - Goodreads

This book has some character, punt intended. Even though I don't agree that all the decisions that were made by certain Presidents were correct, constitutional and even later found out to be damaging ... Read full review

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User Review  - Pete Husky - Goodreads

Really brings the events to life. Fascinating book. Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Chris Wallace is the host of Fox News Sunday, the Fox broadcasting network’s Sunday morning public affairs program. He also contributes to the network’s political and election news coverage. Wallace joined the network in 2003.   
Before joining Fox News, Wallace worked at ABC for fifteen years, where he served as the senior correspondent for Primetime Thursday and as a substitute host for Nightline. During his tenure with ABC News, Wallace hosted multiple groundbreaking investigations and received numerous awards for his work, which includes the Dupont-Columbia Award-winning probe of the Associates, Ford Motor Company’s finance department that allegedly practiced predatory lending.
Prior to joining ABC News, Wallace was with NBC News, where he served as the chief White House correspondent from 1982 to 1989. While at NBC, he covered the 1980, 1984, and 1988 presidential campaigns as well as the Democratic and Republican conventions in those years. Wallace also anchored Meet the Press from 1987 to 1988 and anchored the Sunday edition of NBC Nightly News from 1982 to 1984 and 1986 to 1987. He joined NBC as a reporter with WNBC-TV in New York City in 1975.
Wallace has won every major broadcast news award for his reporting, including three Emmy Awards, the Dupont-Columbia Silver Baton, and the Peabody Award.

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