Demythologizing an Elite: American Presidents in Empirical, Comparative, and Historical Perspective


This study seeks to resolve differences among various types of political leaders and to link broad historical patterns with the idiosyncratic circumstances of individual lives and careers--to integrate the micro and macro levels of understanding in the field of leadership studies. To accomplish this task, a vast array of previous scholarship and primary documents has been assembled. Comparison with parallel data developed for other types of leaders permits U.S. presidents to be analyzed in comparative perspective for the first time. Against this background, the study creates a unique collection of medical and psychological profiles for the entire set of presidents--a body of data that allows us to discover new patterns in presidential traits.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 1993


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