The Personal President: Power Invested, Promise Unfulfilled
By Theodore J. Lowi
Cornell University Press, 1985, 224 pp.
The author describes and deplores the way modern presidents, abetted by a willing public, have come to identify themselves with the state. They are elected on the basis of impossible promises, are driven to deceitful lengths to maintain the appearance of success, but are doomed to failure. Lowi predicts hard times for Mr. Reagan during the remainder of his second term.