The Presidency by Hugh Sidey: The High Art of Threatening

The Presidency

Most of the men and women who take top positions in the Federal Government could get along without the low salaries, the long hours and the public scrutiny—but they love power too much to resist.

In so many ways, the exercise of power is the ultimate challenge: the management of people for great causes. Yet despite all that has been recorded about the frustrations and hazards in this formless world of political leadership, the people who enter it are often caught off guard.

Even Secretary of State Alexander Haig, a veteran of 36...

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