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Troy, Gil
Why moderates make the best presidents : George Washington to Barack Obama / Gil Troy
2nd ed., with a new afterword
Lawrence, Kan. : University Press of Kansas, c2012
book jacket
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 3rd Floor  E176.1 .T788 2012    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Presidents -- United States -- History
Presidents -- United States -- Biography
Political leadership -- United States -- History
Moderation -- Political aspects -- United States -- History
Subject United States -- Politics and government
United States -- Politics and government -- Philosophy
Physical Description x, 350 : ill. ; 25 cm
Note Prev. title: Leading from the center, c2008
Includes bibliographical references (p. 309-335) and index
Contents Preface to the second edition -- Introduction: Presidents as muscular moderates : a "middle course" for our "common cause" -- Washington's way : "liberal allowances, mutual forbearances, and temporizing yielding on all sides" -- Compromisers, zealots, and ciphers : the blessing of parties, the challenge of slavery, and the failure of presidents -- Abraham Lincoln's middle measure : a cautious politician's "my policy is to have no policy" pragmatism -- Theodore Roosevelt's democratic two-step : the rise of the romantic, nationalist presidency -- Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal : the radical as moderate -- Truman, Eisenhower, and America's bipartisan consensus : building political unity through cultural conformity -- John F. Kennedy and civil rights : moderation and the challenge of change -- The consensus collapses : Lyndon Johnson and the limits of moderation -- Learning from losers : where Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter went wrong -- Ronald Reagan's moderate revolution : resurrecting the center -- Bill Clinton and the perils of triangulation : the need to be muscular as well as moderate -- George W. Bush : imprisoned by conviction? -- Conclusion: Center seeking in the twenty-first century : is political moderation possible in an age of excess? -- Afterword: A president and a people in search of moderation
Alternate Author Troy, Gil. Leading from the center

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