BOOKS: Following the Leaders

Garry Wills explains how 16 great figures made an impact

Where have all our leaders gone? In Certain Trumpets (Simon & Schuster; 322 pages; $23), Pulitzer-prizewinning historian Garry Wills tries to answer that familiar question by posing some queries of his own. Where are the good followers? Wills asks. And where are the great issues and programs that unite leader and led in action? A leader without committed followers is an unheard voice in the wilderness. Followers without a leader who understands their needs are a mere mob. And without a timely, common cause, neither leader nor followers will affect history, for good or ill. Wills describes 16 people in 16...

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