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Congressman Lincoln

by Chris Derose

The "gifted young historian" (Richard Norton Smith) who gave us Founding Rivals, Chris DeRose delivers the first fully realized portrait of Abraham Lincoln's ambitious and controversial early political career, and his surprising ascendancy that was both historic and far from inevitable. In 1847, Abraham Lincoln arrived in Washington in near anonymity. After years of outmaneuvering political adversaries and leveraging friendships, he emerged the surprising victor of the Whig Party nomination, winning a seat in the House of Representatives. Yet following a divisive single term, he would return to Illinois a failed job applicant with a damaged reputation in his home state, and no path forward in politics. Defeated, unpopular, and out of office, Lincoln now seemed worse off politically than when his journey began. But what actually transpired between 1847 and 1849 revealed a man married to his political, moral, and ethical ideals. These were the defining years of a future president and the prelude to his singular role as the center of a gathering political storm. With keen insight into a side of Lincoln never so thoroughly investigated or exhaustively researched, Chris DeRose explores this extraordinary, unpredictable, and oftentimes conflicted turning point in his career. This is Congressman Lincoln as: * A leader for the first time, not just a vote, on questions of slavery * Unpopular opponent of the "unconstitutional" Mexican War * A Whig party leader and presidential kingmaker, one of the first supporters of Zachary Taylor, a southern slave-owning general * Reluctant husband in an abusive, deeply troubled marriage * The first future president to argue before the Supreme Court and the only president to be awarded a patent. Drawing from the unpublished "Papers of Abraham Lincoln," including 20,000 pre-presidential articles and a wealth of correspondence, and the secret diaries and private correspondence of Lincoln's colleagues--many cited here for the first time--DeRose shows us a master strategist, a politician torn between principle and viability, and a man saddled with a tormented private life. Most vitally, he greatly expands our understanding of America's greatest president in a biography as surprising, ambitious, and transcendent as its subject.

Founding Rivals

by Chris Derose

The Amazing True Story of the Election That Saved the ConstitutionIn 1789, James Madison and James Monroe ran against each other for Congress--the only time that two future presidents have contested a congressional seat.But what was at stake, as author Chris DeRose reveals in Founding Rivals: Madison vs. Monroe, the Bill of Rights, and the Election That Saved a Nation, was more than personal ambition. This was a race that determined the future of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the very definition of the United States of America.Friends and political allies for most of their lives, Madison was the Constitution's principal author, Monroe one of its leading opponents. Monroe thought the Constitution gave the federal government too much power and failed to guarantee fundamental rights. Madison believed that without the Constitution, the United States would not survive.It was the most important congressional race in American history, more important than all but a few presidential elections, and yet it is one that historians have virtually ignored. In Founding Rivals, DeRose, himself a political strategist who has fought campaigns in Madison and Monroe's district, relives the campaign, retraces the candidates' footsteps, and offers the first insightful, comprehensive history of this high-stakes political battle.DeRose reveals:How Madison's election ensured the passage of a Bill of Rights--and howMonroe's election would have ensured its failureHow Madison came from behind to win a narrow victory (by a margin of only 336 votes) in a district gerrymandered against himHow the Bill of Rights emerged as a campaign promise to Virginia's evangelical ChristiansWhy Madison's defeat might have led to a new Constitutional Convention--and the breakup of the United StatesFounding Rivals tells the extraordinary, neglected story of two of America's most important Founding Fathers. Brought to life by unparalleled research, it is one of the most provocative books of American political history you will read this year.

Judgment on the Front Line: How Smart Companies Win by Trusting Their People

by Noel M. Tichy Chris Derose

Front-line employees can be your greatest asset-here's how to tap their rich vein of insight and leadership. Front-line employees who deal directly with customers are the face of any organization. Not only do they have the most impact on how a brand is perceived, but they are also the most valuable source of insight into what customers want and how to give it to them. Unfortunately, as management experts Chris DeRose and Noel M. Tichy explain, most organizations don't know how to evaluate the risk of giving employees more autonomy. Many of those who are willing to try haven't even invested resources in ensuring that-once the shackles are off-front-line employees make good judgments. Tichy and DeRose offer powerful examples of front-line leadership, such as: How Zappos trusts its people to do anything in service of a customer, including providing free product or reimbursing for mistakes How Mayo Clinic of Arizona enabled its nurses to challenge the hierarchy in order to improve patient car Judgment on the Front Line was the Winner in the Business: Management & Leadership category for the 2013 International Book Awards. The book also won a Silver medal in the Axiom Business Book Award contest. .

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