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Conversations with Power: What Great Presidents and Prime Ministers Can Teach Us about Leadership Paperback – May 10, 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Trade; 1 edition (May 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230110584
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230110588
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,454,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is a collection full of voices that have not been heard enough in America, and the world. Brian Till has spent quality time with some of the most innovative and significant officials of the past few decades, and their experiences and insights are a delight to read, as well as provide an important series of history lessons."--Seymour M. Hersh

Conversations with Power reflects one young man’s quest for knowledge and reassurance from a fascinating array of past leaders. The result is not only a revealing set of lessons about the possibilities and limitations of power; it is also a challenge to a new generation to take the future into its own hands.”--Madeleine K. Albright, Former U.S. Secretary of State

“This is a marvelous collection. Brian Till has journeyed around the world talking to leaders of all sorts of government about how they got to the top, what they did there, what worked, what did not. His book gives valuable insights into the  secrets of power - and how the powerful see the world today.”—William Shawcross, author of Deliver Us From Evil

"An astonishing range of knowledge is on display here - both in world leaders giving context to their rule, and in the piercing, precise questions Till uses to gain access to the answers...as entertaining as any thriller you'll see this year."-- Stephen Gaghan, Academy Award-winning writer of Traffic and writer/director of Syriana.

About the Author

Brian Michael Till is a Research Fellow at the New America Foundation and a correspondent for The Atlantic. His columns have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, The Dallas Morning News, The Las Vegas Sun, the Los Angeles Daily News, Newsday, The Oregonian, The Philadelphia Inquirer, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the St. Petersburg Times. He has been a guest on NPR's Talk of the Nation and has worked with Sen. Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont and the Treatment Action Campaign in Cape Town, South Africa. He lives in Washington, D.C.


More About the Author

Brian Till grew up in a small Vermont town near Lake Champlain, where he played pond hockey, and, in the summers, worked at the Burlington Boathouse. He is a Research Fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C., and blogs for the Atlantic.He previously wrote a nationally syndicated column, and graduated from Haverford College in 2008, where he played lacrosse and won the Herman M. Somers Prize for best political science thesis.

His book, "Conversations with Power," will be published by Palgrave Macmillan this spring. For the project, he interviewed former leaders from around the world, including: Ehud Barak, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Vaclav Havel.

He lives in Washington, D.C..

His personal website is: www.brianmichaeltill.com

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Very witty and well written.
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I loved it and highly recommend it for anyone with interest in international politics and/or leadership study.
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This book revisits triumph, tragedy, and innovation from past to present.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Milch on October 29, 2011
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Brian Till's masterful interviews with former heads of state is a Wizard of Oz moment. He pulls the curtain back and readers are afforded a rare glimpse into the complexity of leadership. Who can leaders trust for advice? Why are they forced to end lifelong friendships? Are they always comfortable with the decisions they make? How do they seek solace from the madness of their jobs? This book should be required reading for every political science, international affairs and journalism student in the world. It is an exceptional masterpiece in figuring out what makes world leads cope with their day job.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barcroft Jon on June 17, 2011
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Just finished and particularly enjoyed the
conversations with John Keating, Gro, and De Klerk. Also very
interesting that Musharraf told you when speaking about outside protection
for Bhutto and how it would be an insult to Pakistan. "this is
Pakistan, which is 170 million people. It has got 600,000 military. It has
second line forces, the rangers. There is no question, why should
anyone from outside come in?" Very interesting in light of Bin Laden's capture, etc.

Also contains great insight into why Australia is weathering thefinancial crisis so well.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JoeP on October 10, 2011
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This book could have been titled "My Thoughts About Climate Change." Till centers many of his interview questions around global warming and a handful of other pet issues. He makes no effort to hide his political views and tries to get the interviewees, often not subtly, to agree with his positions. I consider myself a moderate/independent and don't fundamentally disagree with Till on at least some of his favorite topics. I thought, however, that I was going to read a series of unbiased journalistic interviews. Instead, I'm left with a strong impression of Till's political agenda and considerably vaguer impressions of the interviewees. Given the lineup, I was excited before starting the book - someone like Jim Lehrer would have done a great job with this.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Beckwith on May 16, 2011
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In this book, the author intimately portrays some of the world's most enigmatic leaders. Like a fly on the wall, the reader listens in as controversial subjects discuss their motivations, disappointments, regrets, and admonishments for the future. The author asks probing questions, illuminating apartheid South Africa, modern-day Pakistan, Cold War Soviet Union, the Czech Republic's Velvet Revolution, etc. and offers insight into the Clinton 90s. While gaining a more nuanced understanding of key moments in global history, I also found unexpected wit, candor, and hope. An ambitious and well-written book, Conversations With Power is a must read.
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By B Shec on July 7, 2011
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What's most impressive about this insightful and revealing narrative is that Till was able to accomplish it at such a young age. How he accumulated the wisdom and subtle understanding of history required to achieve successful dialogue is beyond me. A necessary read for anyone looking to formulate a comprehensive theory of political leadership in the 20th Century and beyond. A truly masterful work for Till that surely bodes well for his future.
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Conversations with power held quite a few realizations and insights into the tangled web that is; politics, leadership, and government. This book revisits triumph, tragedy, and innovation from past to present. Anyone who wants to get into politics would do well to know all the information in this book. In fact; this book appears to be grooming the next generation of leaders to have the ability to make the changes that we so desperately need here in America, and globally.
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