From Publishers Weekly
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Wills (Lincoln at Gettysburg) looks at the relationship between known leaders and their followers while exploring factors that help foster successful leadership.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
YA-Students will find food for thought in this volume of essays that attempts to compare and contrast styles of leadership by pairing successful leaders with antitypes. For instance, electoral giant Franklin Roosevelt is paired with Adlai Stevenson; Napoleon with George McClellan (military); Martin Luther King, Jr. with Robert Parris Moses (rhetorical). In every instance, consideration of the interests of followers and the ability to identify with them are deemed vital to the person's success. Roosevelt's experience with polio, for instance, allowed him to empathize with the struggles of ordinary citizens during the Depression. Stevenson, on the other hand, was aloof from the people, expecting his ideas to be enough to garner a following. In some instances, the pairs stretch the credibility of Wills's theory, and readers should be warned that the book is limited in biographical scope. Its narrow focus, however, brilliantly underscores its message.Jackie Gropman, Kings Park Library, Burke, VA
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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