20 October 2017

Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar Jeremi Suri released his new book, “The Impossible Presidency: The Rise and Fall of America’s Highest Office,” on the evolving nature of the presidency in the United States. In the book, Suri analyzes the immense growth of power, isolation, and sheer workaholism embedded in the president’s role.

According to a summary from the Daily Texan, the “Oval Office not only demands greater expertise but also possesses a burden too great for any individual to bear alone.” Part history and part political science, Suri’s writing sheds light on how the president’s active role in an enormous administration detracts from higher-level strategy and a long-term vision. Suri suggests that mishaps in recent U.S. foreign and domestic policy have something to do with institutional flaws in the executive branch of our government, and not simply poor leadership. You can listen to Suri explain his perspective on a Slate podcast, The Gist, here. (Skip to 00:06:00)