The Presidency by Hugh Sidey: Ready to Play Power Poker

The Presidency

Ronald Reagan emerges from the election with his ideas somewhat battered but his leadership oddly intact. He is entering one of those times of presidential paradox when the very traits that took him to the top threaten his command.

Reagan is in the White House because of his unyielding conviction that Government needed to be restrained and military strength increased. In 21 months on the job he has forced all parties to acknowledge the validity of these principles, an extraordinary act of leadership. The debate is on his chosen ground. The heated national...

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