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on October 10, 2017
amazing
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on September 23, 2016
This book came in with a 100% perfect condition.
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on February 13, 2017
great
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on December 8, 2015
Fast delivery. Great condition. Great price. Thanks
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on April 13, 2015
book is great but somehow ended up wiht the wrong edition
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on September 14, 2015
good book
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on February 11, 2013
I have used this book and its earlier editions for years in my courses about the U. S. presidency. It is an excellent resource.
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on July 1, 2008
This book was required reading for my Political Science class on the American Presidency. It was very informative and supported the professor's lectures.
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on November 5, 2009
This book was sent quickly and in fantastic condition. Saved about $20 (including shipping) by ordering through here rather then buying at school bookstore. Very pleased!
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on December 20, 2016
There is no election in recent history where a book of this nature could be a more timely read. Partisanship, policy objectives, and personalities aside, effective presidential leadership perhaps above all requires an understanding of how government functions and what it takes to accomplish the policy goals of an incoming administration. No president can lead without understanding what makes Washington tick. And there is a huge learning curve.

The federal government is extraordinarily complex. We have heard much rhetoric in the 2016 election cycle about how and why Washington has failed the people. But let's face it. No president, no matter what his policy objectives, can run the federal government effectively without having an understanding about how to move the ball forward in Washington.

This book provides an overview of the uphill battle every president faces in trying to establish effective leadership in Washington. It is simply not possible to step into the office and "drain the swamp".

Despite my fascination with the subject matter of Presidential Leadership: Politics and Policy Making, I was a bit disappointed in this particular book as it lacked the depth I was seeking in exploring this fascinating topic. The book is, however, a good starting point. The list of suggested readings at the end of each chapter is impressive and can certainly serve as a guide for further more in-depth exploration of the subject matter.

Good luck to any president-elect who thinks the whole system can be turned topsy-turvy overnight. This book elucidates for the reader why such a lofty objective is unobtainable. On a more positive note, this book also helps the reader understand why a system too easily upended would probably not be a desirable or stable one.
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