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Guardian of the Presidency: The Legacy of Richard E. Neustadt [Hardcover]

Doris Kearns Goodwin , Matthew J. Dickinson , Elizabeth A. Neustadt

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Aug. 14 2007

As America's leading expert on the Presidency and an adviser to presidents from Harry S Truman to Bill Clinton, Richard E. Neustadt was "the most penetrating analyst of power since Machiavelli," as Guardian of the Presidency makes clear. In this inspirational book, Neustadt's former colleagues and students celebrate the rich and diverse contributions he made to political and academic life in the United States and beyond. JFK confidant Ted Sorensen, the late historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr., Harrison Wellford, formerly of the Office of Management and Budget, and Matthew Dickinson focus on his role as a White House adviser. Newsweek's Jonathan Alter highlights Neustadt's ability to interpret the Presidency for the outside world. Fellow scholars Ernest May, Charles O. Jones, Harvey Fineberg, and Graham Allison analyze his legacy as an educator and founding director of Harvard's Institute of Politics. Anthony King (Britain at the Polls) and Eric Redman (The Dance of Legislation) discuss his work in the United Kingdom and Brazil. Former Vice President Al Gore offers an appreciation of Neustadt's influence on generations of students. The book concludes with Elizabeth Neustadt's personal reflections about her father.


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 217 pages
  • Publisher: Brookings Institution Press (Aug. 14 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081571842X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0815718420
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 16 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,188,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Matthew J. Dickinson is professor of political science at Middlebury College. An expert on the Presidency, he is the author of Bitter Harvest: FDR, Presidential Power, and the Growth of the Presidential Branch (Cambridge University Press, 1996). Elizabeth A. Neustadt is head of Consultancy and Professional Development at the Tavistock Institute in London. She is the daughter of Richard E. Neustadt. Doris Kearns Goodwin is a Pulitzer Prize winning author and presidential historian. Her most recent book is Team of Rivals:The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln (Simon & Schuster, 2005).


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Book About a Legendary Educator Oct. 30 2008
By James Strock - Published on Amazon.com
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Guardian of the Presidency is an outstanding book, which presents the perspectives of historians, journalists, academics, politicians, friends and family on the late Richard Neustadt. Neustadt's unique combination of practical experience and academic rigor underlies his noteworthy contributions to the study of presidential leadership and leadership generally. The book adds tremendous value in discussing the enduring lessons and implications of Neustadt's work. It's also marked by unmistakable affection for a generous man who educated many and continues to inspire. Guardian of the Presidency will be of particular interest as a new administration takes office in 2008-09.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the most interesting perspective Dec 14 2007
By Brooklyn - Published on Amazon.com
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Guardian of the Presidency: The Legacy of Richard E. Neustadt Richard Neustadt worked with 7 US presidents and his narration of the PBS documentary of the presidency made him familiar to many viewers. He was a well-loved professor at Harvard's Kennedy School of Gov't (which he helped to found) shaping the minds of many of this generation's leaders. The book is written by those who knew him well, from Al Gore to Jonathan Alter, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Arthur Schlesinger and many more. The chapters reveal as much about the lives of the writers and the times we live in. It's politics and the life of those who live and breathe it.

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