Triumphs & Tragedies
When President Dwight D. Eisenhower encouraged R. Gordon Hoxie to establish what would become the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress (CSPC), the Supreme Allied Commander turned President lamented the lack of historical case studies to prepare him for civilian political leadership. As a military leader, he could pour over analyses of previous battles, deployments and international crises, yet no similar repository of institutional memory existed for the equally complex arts of governing and legislating.
In 2000, the Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress published Triumphs and Tragedies of the Modern Presidency, a collection of case studies focused on the complexities of Presidential leadership—a modern fulfillment of President Eisenhower’s wish. Now, fifteen years later and on the eve of the 2016 election, we update this anthology to provide new analyses and lessons for today’s leaders and those of future generations.