Aging and Political Leadership
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The final part of this book takes an in-depth look at Ronald Reagan. His advanced age is not unusual in a political leader. Other heads of government in the post-war world have been as old as, or even older than, he when they held office; for example, Churchill, Inšn, Chiang Kai-shek, Nehru, Salazar, De Gualle, Kenyatta, Tito, Mao Zedong, Adenauer, and Ulbricht. The large number of names gives the impression that contemporary leadership is gerontocracy.
The book is divided into three sections. The fist two examine middle age and old age, with each section offering numerous case studies from a variety of countries.
Angus McIntyre is Senior Lecturer in Politics at La Trobe University.
"This is an interesting, at times fascinating, book for readers who may have an interest in psychoanalysis and politics, but may not have looked seriously at the effects of aging leaders. To my knowledge, this is the first book to deal with these issues as rigorously and comprehensively as this. "-- James Walter