A Call to Greatness: Challenging Our Next President examines how our next President can learn from the successes and failures of past Presidents to be an effective leader during a time of tremendous challenges at home and abroad. The present state of our union requires a creative reexamination of our national interests, a comprehensive vision, a leader with the ability to organize and marshal the best people and resources and a leader with the capacity to communicate this vision to our citizens and the world. This book has been circulated amongst the candidates for the 2008 United States Presidency prior to being published. The non-partisan, non-profit Center for the Study of the Presidency looks forward to the ensuing exchange of views on the nature of Presidential leadership and characteristics required of our next President.
David M. Abshire is the president of the Center for the Study of the Presidency, president of the Richard Lounsbery Foundation, and vice chairman of the Board of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, which he co-founded in 1962. His full-time government service includes Congressional staff (1958-1960), assistant secretary of state for Congressional Relations (1970-73), Ambassador to NATO (1983-87), and in the Presidential Cabinet as special counselor of President Reagan in 1987. Dr. Abshire is currently a member of the Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council Academe, Policy and Research Senior Advisory Committee. He lives in Washington, D.C.
Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Preface Chapter 3 Introduction Part 4 Part I Chapter 5 Chapter 1. The Gathering Storm Chapter 6 Chapter 2. Sustaining Success Chapter 7 Chapter 3. The Lessons of History Chapter 8 Chapter 4. A House Without Mercy Chapter 9 Chapter 5. Elements of Presidential Leadership Chapter 10 Chapter 6. Presidential Portraits Chapter 11 Chapter 7. Lessons for the Next President Part 12 Part II Chapter 13 Chapter 8. Six Elements of a National Strategy Chapter 14 Chapter 9. Responding Decisively to Crisis Chapter 15 Chapter 10. Setting Priorities Chapter 16 Chapter 11. Mobilizing Resources Chapter 17 Chapter 12. Maintaining Political Unity and Good Timing Chapter 18 Chapter 13. Communicating an Understandable Public Strategy Chapter 19 Chapter 14. Offering a Vision for the Future Chapter 20 Conclusion: From Peril to Promise