Book of the Week
Edition #41 June 23 - 2013
Book Review

Legacy of a Leader by Michael W. Staib

"Michael's study of Ronald Reagan is a reflection of his true love for history. His astute observations through obviously well-read texts are not only informative, but his writings illustrate his passion to make history come alive in the mind's eye of the reader, enthusiastically drawing both student and scholar toward key events while offering fresh insights.

Michael's contrasting of Reagan's methodologies for solving the unique challenges of his day with that of his predecessors highlights Reagan's unparalleled wisdom and leadership abilities in an anxious nation of people desperately in need of the stability of fiscal responsibility, free markets, and limited government.

Not only does Michael remind readers who tend toward conservatism of some of Reagan's winning strategies for revitalizing the economy, significantly reducing inflation and conquering communism, but his in-depth studies also bring out the deep, obscure truths of Reagan's presidency, presenting readers with a rich perspective into the legacy of a leader who brought some restoration to America's eroding position as a matchless world leader among nations.

Such a well researched document clearly illustrates Michael's abundant ability to authoritatively embrace writing projects requiring academic skill and excellence and make them not only informative, but also a delight to read. I highly recommend him for such endeavors.

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LEGACY OF A LEADER

Excerpt

Michael W. Staib

Before Reagan entered office, American society appeared tumultuous. Torn between economic pressure and political strife, conditions seemed more than favorable for a formidable leader to emerge. Former President Jimmy Carter acted aimlessly during his single term. Politically impotent, he left America saturated in turmoil. Incapacitated and defeated, Carter departed the presidency with, "runaway inflation, gasoline shortage, and a lingering hostage crisis in Iran," (DeGregorio — The Complete Book of U.S. Presidents, 643). After witnessing such pervasive destruction resulting from powerless presidents, people pondered whether America's presidency might ever return to its original, "center of national consciousness which once existed between 1933 and 1973," (Gould, The Modern American Presidency, 190). Finally after years of tribulation and nostalgic yearnings, Ronald Reagan arrived in 1980, "reviving the modern presidency institutionally, and serving two complete terms; an achievement not pursued by any president since Dwight D. Eisenhower," (Gould, The Modern American Presidency, 191). His conservative brand of reconstruction revolutionized the modern presidency.
Concluding political disjunction, Reagan offered reconstruction. Prolific author Stephen Skowronek in his prominent publication, "The Politics Presidents Make" outlines the presidential patterns persistently reverberated throughout past and present American history. According to Skowronek, presidential tenure characterizes one of two phases; disjunction and reconstruction. So the pattern follows, disjunction, a period defined by decline, al-ways precedes reconstruction. Indeed, an era denoting "disjunction" inevitably foreshadows presidential reconstruction. Why? Consider common sense application.

Any reasonable historian realizes the profound sociological impact of causation. Antecedent events inevitably cause a specific arrangement of consequences. When society witnesses decline, history facilitates the emergence of a remarkable leader to offer reconstruction. The Civil War references one example. Abraham Lincoln, a monumental leader, emerged to prominence under the most favorable circumstances, when society desperately demanded restoration. Only Lincoln possessed the quintessential qualities needed to restore prosperity in American society. The same principle applies for Ronald Reagan. Problematic circumstances necessitate reform, and history creates a context for its predestined leaders to provide such rehabilitation. The presidency repeats this same cyclical pattern throughout American history.

Author Bio

Michael W. Staib earned his B.A. from Pace University in May 2008. A rapacious reader, Michael enjoys intense intellectual debate involving complex, esoteric themes.

Graduating with notable distinction from the Pforzheimer Honors College, he published an extensive scholarly analysis in Pace's Digital Commons repository.

Michael W. Staib

He possesses an intellectual inquisitiveness unsurpassed to others of representative education and professional background. Staib writes as a regular freelancer for Demand Studios, eHow, & Blogcritics. He also prepares superlative quality academic papers at the prestigious professional writing company, EssayWriters.net.

An aspiring lawyer, he presently attends Liberty University School of Law.

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