Monday, July 11, 2011

A True Eyewitness

Our class discussion of the book Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership - Nixon to Clinton by David Gergen was very interesting. The book brought up some interesting points. It covered the Nixon completely, without overshadowing it with the Watergate scandal. Gergen pointed out that Ford was an incredibly overrated president because he left the presidency and the nation in a better shape than he found it – the ultimate test of a successful presidency. And so on. The book itself is an incredibly interesting read. It was written by US News and World Report editor David Gergen, who had worked in the administrations of all these presidents thus making him a true “eyewitness.” He included many stories and detailed reports of events that gave a complete picture of each president, including their relationships with the first lady, their decision making process and evaluated their strengths and weaknesses.

Today, the last Monday of our class, began crunch time. Our complete, 20+ paper is due in Doc. Z’s hands by noon on Friday and it better be the best final draft possible.

For dinner, the five of us decided we wanted to go eat Halal’s, an abundant food truck chain scattered throughout NYC. There is supposed to be a particularly famous one near Times Square. We went to check it out, but the line was so ridiculously long and there were problems with the grill (or something) that we couldn’t wait anymore so we went to another Halal’s across the street.

Tomorrow, we will be treated to a guest lecturer in the morning.

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