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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (117 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Walter Isaacson Narrator: Nicholas Hormann Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2010 ISBN: 9780307912930
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The best historians in the land consider examples of great leadership, well known and surprising, from Washington to Willkie and more.

What made FDR a more successful leader during the Depression crisis than Hoover? Why was Eisenhower more effective as supreme commander during World War II than he was as president? Why was Grant one of the best presidents of his day, if not in all of American history? What drove Bobby Kennedy into the scrum of electoral politics? Who was Pauli Murray and why was she one of the most decisive figures in the movement for civil rights?

Find the surprising and revelatory answers to these questions and more in this collection of new essays by great historians, including Sean Wilentz, Alan Brinkley, Annette Gordon-Reed, Jean Strouse, Robert Dallek, Frances FitzGerald, and others. Entertaining and insightful individually, taken together the essays represent a valuable set of reflections on the enduring ingredients of leadership. Download and start listening now!

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    " This is not the book I thought it was. I thought it was written by Walter Isaacson. It's many authors. Some stories are good, most average. Or maybe I was just to disappointed to appreciate it. "

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    " Very human and fallible people lead us. "

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    " Very human and fallible people lead us. "

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About the Author
Author Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson, the CEO of the Aspen Institute, has been chairman of CNN and the editor of Time magazine. He is the chairman of the board of Teach for America, an organization that recruits recent college graduates to teach in underprivileged communities; he was also appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as the chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and other international broadcasts of the United States. He is the author of Steve Jobs, Einstein: His Life and Universe, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, and Kissinger: A Biography. Isaacson currently lives with his wife and daughter in Washington, DC.

About the Narrator

Nicholas Hormann has appeared in over a hundred plays on and off Broadway and in the nation’s leading professional theaters, including the American Conservatory Theater, the Mark Taper Forum, and the Kennedy Center. He has made guest appearances on numerous television series and narrates audiobooks. He attended the Yale School of Drama and lives in Los Angeles.