Choosing Presidents: Symbols of Political Leadership

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Transaction Publishers, 1992 - Political Science - 354 pages
In Choosing Presidents, Novak uses the election of an American president as a means to dissect the symbols of our national life and politics, exposing many as distorted perceptions of American realities. This work is a guide to the complexities of electoral politics and a lasting contribution to our understanding of the presidency.The author is Michael Novak.
 

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Contents

PRIEST PROPHET KING
1
Symbolic Realism
3
What Are Symbols?
6
Who Are We?
12
Unseen Power
15
Egalitarian and King
19
Five Elements of Symbolic Power
29
Making the Most of Improbable Talents
32
Traditional Symbols
163
New Hampshire Snows
166
The Wallace Sun
179
McCarthy in Illinois
190
Sorting Out in Wisconsin
197
Together with McGovern at the Garden
217
The Shooting of Governor Wallace
229
Eight Major Presidential Symbols
232

A Professionals Memo
41
The Liturgy of Leadership
48
MORALISM AND MORALITY
55
Being Moral and Being Practical
57
The Constituency of Conscience
63
That Word Moral
69
Vietnam More Moral Than Thou?
74
The Rise and Fall of Liberal Moralism
87
Beyond Niebuhr Symbolic Realism
93
THE CIVIL RELIGIONS OF AMERICA
103
The Nation with the Soul of a Church
105
The Innocence Lingers On
111
The Civil Religions
123
Five Protestant Civil Religions
131
HighChurch America
137
The Second Great Tradition
147
SYMBOLS OF 1972
161
A NEW AND DARK FAITH
239
America as a Business
241
Three Corruptions
247
Reforming the Presidency
258
The Necessity of Dirty Hands
270
The Dark Night of Faith
286
The New Dark Civil Religion
302
AFTERWORD
311
Carters Hidden Religious Majority
313
Rival Visions of Community 1988
320
Moiling Muddling and Malaise
334
Miracle in the Desert
337
A Select Bibliography
341
Index
345
Abzug Bella 275
347
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