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Presidential Leadership, Illness, and Decision Making

Presidential Leadership, Illness, and Decision Making

by Rose McDermott


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This book is about how illness affects the behavior of American presidents. It discusses four cases in American history of presidential decision making being affected by illness. The main purpose of this book is to show that health problems have a bigger impact on important political decisions than people may have realized. This book differs from the competition because it focuses primarily on foreign policy, where a president has greater freedom of authority, and also features detailed analysis of historical case studies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521709248
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/03/2007
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 5.94(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

Rose McDermott is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Professor McDermott's main area of research revolves around political psychology in international relations. She is the author of Risk Taking in International Relations: Prospect Theory in American Foreign Policy (1998) and Political Psychology in International Relations (2004). Professor McDermott has held fellowships at the John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies and the Women and Public Policy Program, both at Harvard University.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Aging, illness, and addiction; 3. The exacerbation of personality: Woodrow Wilson; 4. Leading while dying: Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1943–45; 5. Addicted to power: John F. Kennedy; 6. Richard Nixon: bordering on sanity; 7. 25th Amendment; 8. Presidential care.

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