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Presidents and the Dissolution of the Union
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Presidents and the Dissolution of the Union: Leadership Style from Polk to Lincoln

Fred I. Greenstein

Abstract

The United States witnessed an unprecedented failure of its political system in the mid-nineteenth century, resulting in a disastrous civil war that claimed the lives of an estimated 750,000 Americans. This book assesses the personal strengths and weaknesses of presidents from George Washington to Barack Obama. The book evaluates the leadership styles of the Civil War-era presidents. The book looks at the presidential qualities of James K. Polk, Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, and Abraham Lincoln. For each president, the book provides a concise history of the ... More

Keywords: American Civil War, American presidency, George Washington, Barack Obama, James K. Polk, Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, Abraham Lincoln

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780691151991
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691151991.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Fred I. Greenstein, author
Princeton University