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Although the president is the focus of the nation, few citizens can name or identify all of them, and only experts can identify the great ones. Virtually no one, however, has heard of Louis Brownlow or the commission that bears his name, despite their profound influence on the presidency. In this masterful work (a volume in the "Interpreting American Politics" series), Burke (Univ. of Vermont), explains the beginnings of the presidential staff (proposed by Brownlow) in the late 1930s and interprets its work. The influence of this often anonymous group waxes and wanes at the desire of the president. Its organization, structure, work, and competence vary. In prose free from jargon and the initialese that often afflicts narratives of Washington activities, Burke traces the roles of the presidential staffs through the 20th century. The essential ingredient for success is a president capable of sound management. An interesting and useful book, with good chapter notes and index. All audiences. S. L. Harrison; University of Miami
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