Richard E. Neustadt is the author of one of the most influential books ever written about political leadership. Headed for a career as a political-level bureaucrat, he “drifted” to academia after the 1952 election brought a Republican to the White House. He observed a disconnect between what he had experienced in the executive branch in Washington and what was then written about the Presidency. He decided to write a book that would close this gap and, in doing so, contribute to political science. was the product of this effort, a book that continues to dominate the thinking about leadership in the White House. This essay focuses on the career and writings of Neustadt, including an analysis of his critics and his responses. It incorporates the results of two interviews with Neustadt.


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