"The Presidential Character" Book Review by Nicky

"The Presidential Character"
A review of "The Presidential Character" by James Barber.
# 145001 | 1,482 words | 1 source | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Oct 22, 2010 in History (Leaders) , History (U.S. Presidency) , Literature (American) , Psychology (General)

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The paper reviews "The Presidential Character" where James Barber classifies the nation's chief executives into different personality types, both positive and negative. The paper explains Barber's belief that the candidate's character will predict how he will behave in office, his attitudes towards the exercise of power and presidential leadership, and his overall success or failure. The paper provides Barber's analysis of past presidents and their presidencies.

From the Paper:

"Barber first divides presidential characters into two categories, that of adaptive and passive, or what might be called different levels of 'energy.' How much physical and emotional energy does the individual invest in the presidency? Does he micromanage, and spend his entire day enthusiastically working, or does he delegate and have a low level of personal energy? Does he primarily act or react? Then he defines presidential characters into two other distinct character categories of positive or negative, which defines the level of joy, enthusiasm, and personal satisfaction the individual derives from governing. Does the president experience grim satisfaction in using his power or delight at exercising authority to enact social change?"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Barber, James. The Presidential Character. New York: Prentice Hall, 1992.

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