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"A profound, and wise, book - one of the most important works on politics for a long time. On the basis of penetrating, wide-ranging analysis, traversing democratic and authoritarian systems, Archie Brown clearly demonstrates the commonly held belief in strong leadership as the answer to political problems to be completely, often disastrously, misplaced." (Sir Ian Kershaw)

"This book badly needed to be written, and only Archie Brown - with his unique breadth of scholarly knowledge combined with a finger-tip feel for real-world politics - could possibly have written it. It turns out that there are fewer strong leaders in the world than is often supposed and that many of them, far from being desirable, are positively dangerous. Perhaps the best political systems are those that are effectively "leader-proofed"." (Anthony King, Professor of Government at the University of Essex and co-author of The Blunders of Our Governments)

"The main thesis in Archie Brown's compendious and fascinating book on modern political leaders is that "strength" is an overrated virtue... This is a book that is the fruit of half a century of scholarship. There cannot be anyone who will not come out of this long encounter with the fertile mind of Archie Brown wiser and better informed" (Philip Collins The Times)

"A major comparative and revisionist history about political leadership in the modern world... Political leaders, commentators, professors and students looking for what good leadership requires, and does not require, can read this book with great profit and pleasure." (Alfred Stepan, Professor of Government, Columbia University)

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In this magisterial and wide-ranging survey of political leadership over the past hundred years, Archie Brown challenges the widespread belief that strong leaders - those who dominate their colleagues and the policy-making process - are the most successful and admirable.

Within authoritarian regimes, a more collective leadership is a lesser evil compared with personal dictatorship where cultivation of the myth of the strong leader is often a prelude to oppression and carnage. Within democracies, although 'strong leaders' are seldom as strong or independent as they purport to be, the idea that one person is entitled to take the big decisions is dangerous nonetheless, and the advantages of a collegial style of leadership are too often overlooked.

In reality, only a minority of political leaders make a big difference, by challenging assumptions about the politically possible or setting in motion systemic change. Yet in a democracy that is rare. It is especially when enlightened leaders acquire power in an authoritarian system that the opportunity for radical transformation occurs.

Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon B. Johnson, Willy Brandt and Mikhail Gorbachev, Deng Xiaoping and Nelson Mandela, Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair are among the leaders whom Brown examines in this original and illuminating study.

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Strong leaders might not be good leaders 3 juin 2014
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The idea that the more power one individual leader wields, the more we should be impressed by that leader is an illusion. Where corners are cut because one leader is sure he knows best, problems follow, and they can be on a disastrous scale, according to Archie Brown in this book. The book examines the leadership styles of a large range of political leaders including dictators and democratic leaders.

The author’s essential thesis is that it is unhelpful to rate political leaders on a single strong-weak scale given that there are so many different dimensions to effective leadership, and indeed leaders who are unconstrained by others in making their decisions tend to make significantly poorer decisions. Mao Zedong was a better leader in the early days of the Chinese Communist Party than when he acquired a position of absolute power. Tony Blair made his poorest decisions when he made them without adequate discussion with others.

The book tells interesting stories about a very large number of political leaders from the past century. The author has a great deal of personal knowledge of many of those leaders, and the book is an excellent history book. However, it is hard to read the book without observing that the best leaders are rarely the ones who float to the top of the political process, whether in democracies or in dictatorships. The author has provided extensive material to demonstrate the dangers of the “strong” political leader, but the stories do not coalesce into a neat description of the characteristics of a “good” political leader.
Good Read for Serious Politicos 13 juillet 2014
Par Charles Chargois - Publié sur
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Clear, concise, scholarly work that is well researched and documented. Not a lot of opinion, just the facts, mam. Not a page turner, more of a research work. But outstanding in its way.
Myth Buster 30 mai 2014
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Good discussion but slightly heavy on the history lessons. Hard to discern valuable information that can be applied today. Just makes me miss the old leaders even more.
I found this a most informative book. Being an ... 26 juillet 2014
Par Tony Salmons - Publié sur
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I found this a most informative book. Being an old man I found it confirmed many of the things I had suspected for a long time. Contrary to some of the books critics I did not find it heavy going in any way. It is worth 4 stars.
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