This lecture the principal features of effective and ineffective presidencies in thetwentieth century. Every successful president has been a pragmatic visionary who managed to create a consensus for his policies as well as a fund of public personal affection.
Robert Dallek is a prominent historian specializing in the study of American presidents and U.S. diplomacy. He is a former Professor of History at Boston University, Columbia, UCLA, Oxford, Dartmouth, and Stanford. He won the Bancroft Prize in 1980 and many other awards for his scholarship and teaching. Among his numerous books are acclaimed biographies of Lyndon Johnson, John F. Kennedy, and, most recently, Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power (2007).
Robert Dallek's talk was part of the Branigin Lecture Series on Thinking about the Election.