The Paradoxes of the American Presidency

By: Cronin, Thomas E.; Genovese, Michael A.

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Very good in very good dust jacket. Signed by author. signed by Cronin to Deal on FFEP, clean text, tight binding, one-of-a-kind! Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 448 p. Audience: General/trade. Tom Cronin was the most recent president of Whitman College in Walla Walla and is a noted political scientist and educator. Prior to overseeing Whitman College he taught at Colorado College (1979-1983), Princeton University (1985-1986), and The University of North Carolina (1967-1970). In 2005, he returned to Colorado College to teach and to write. An authority on the expanding power of the American Presidency in the 20th Century, he was well-known at Whitman College for his ability to remember the names of the majority of students and for bringing cookies to students studying in the college library. We have a sizable chunk of his personal library if anyone is interested in other books from his collection or books signed to him by the authors. David Deal, 62, Whitman College professor, friend, and colleague, died October 15 at his home in Walla Walla. He had been undergoing treatment for cancer. David was a remarkable colleague and a great and wise mentor to everyone who studied with him, worked with him, or knew him, said President Tom Cronin. Few people contributed more to the strengthening of Whitman College in recent decades than did Dave Deal. Deal joined the Whitman faculty in 1969. A Wenatchee native, he earned a bachelor s degree at Whitworth College in Spokane and his Ph.D. in history at the University of Washington. He also attended Allahabad University in India and received a certificate from the Tokyo School of Japanese Language. He was a visiting scholar at Stanford University and a research associate at Harvard University. Deal, who specialized in modern Chinese history, was instrumental in establishing the Whitman in China Exchange program, which he oversaw for nearly 20 years, and he founded the Asian studies major at Whitman. He served the College in many ways including as a division chair and chair of the faculty. He was dean of the faculty from 1989 to 1996. He wrote and lectured extensively, publishing more than 20 articles. Two books are pending


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What, exactly, do Americans want from their president? A strong, innovative leader or someone who simply follows the will of the people? A president who insists on the ideals of a party or someone who builds bipartisan support? A president who exercises power forcefully or someone who establishes consensus before doing anything?
The answer, according to Thomas E. Cronin and Michael A. Genovese in their provocative new book, The Paradoxes of the American Presidency, is that Americans want the president to be a leader and a follower, partisan and bipartisan, innovative and conservative. For example, we expect our presidents to provide visionary leadership, and yet at the same time to be ever-sensitive to public opinion polls. We want a president with the power to solve the nation's problems, yet we are inherently suspicious of centralized leadership and the abuse of power. Such conflicting demands put the president in an impossible position.Indeed, Cronin and Genovese contendt the duties and challenges of the office are so capacious and the public's expectations often so inconsistent that whatever course of action a president takes may result in a "damned if you do, damned if you don't" kind of criticism. While there is no way out of the constant paradoxical dilemmas presidents face, there are ways to deal with these conflicting and sometimes inflated expectations. Yet even master political statecraft is often inadequate in reconciling these paradoxes of the American presidency.
In a book sure to encourage debate, The Paradoxes of the American Presidency gives us a fresh new understanding both of the presidential office and the public's inevitable dissatisfaction with it.

Title: The Paradoxes of the American Presidency

Author Name: Cronin, Thomas E.; Genovese, Michael A.

Categories: Association Copies,

Publisher: Oxford University Press: 1998-01-22

ISBN Number: 0195116925

ISBN Number 13: 9780195116922

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Used: Very Good

Type: Hardcover

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