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Leadership in Crisis: Defining Moments of Modern Presidencies

Evening Program with Book Signing

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 6:45 p.m.
Code: 1H0498
$30 - Member
$45 - Non-Member

Crises that occur during their time in office can pose a supreme challenge to presidents.

Leaders from Franklin Roosevelt to Donald Trump dealt with their defining moments—including international, economic, political, and personal crises—in a variety of ways that forever changed our perceptions of them.

Roosevelt's initiatives to end the Depression, John F. Kennedy's management of the Cuban Missile Crisis, George W. Bush's response to the terrorist attacks of 9/11, and Trump's handling of impeachment are all examples of such defining crises according to journalist Ken Walsh.

As he discusses these moments in history, Walsh defines what we have learned about presidential attributes and skills that matter most in trying times. He also takes a fresh and timely look at President Trump through the prism of his ongoing crisis-filled administration.

Walsh’s book Presidential Leadership in Crisis: Defining Moments of the Modern Presidents from Franklin Roosevelt to Donald Trump (Routledge) is available for sale and signing after the program.

S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)