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The Presidential Character


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Foreword by George C. Edwards, III, Texas A&M University I. PREDICTING PRESIDENTS. 1. Presidential Character and How to Foresee It. II. THE CONTRADICTIONS OF POWER. 2. Three Tragic Tales. 3. The Active-Negative Presidents. 4. The Origins of Presidential Compulsion. 5. Richard Nixon: Winning Tragedy. III. OF LOVE AND POLITICAL DUTY 6. The Passive-Negative Presidents. 7. The Passive-Positive Presidents. 8. Reagan Wrecks Reality. IV. CONGRUENCE IN CHARACTER. 9. Franklin D. Roosevelt and Active-Positive Affection. 10 Harry S. Truman and Active-Positive Combat. 11. John F. Kennedy and Active-Positive Commitment. 12. The Crucial Ford Transition. V. BEYOND CHARACTER. 13. President Carter and Negotiation. 14. President Bush and Worldview. VI. THE THEORY OF PRESIDENTIAL CHARACTER. 15. Adding It Up.

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James David Barber was a Duke University political scientist and provocateur best known for exploring the psychology of Oval Office aspirants and occupants. He spent years as a consultant to "NBC Nightly News" and as a board member of the Poynter Institute, a center for the study of journalism and media ethics in St. Petersburg, Fla.

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