Book Review: Dr. Lara Brown’s latest book

Dr. Lara Brown
Dr. Lara Brown, professor and director of the Graduate School of Political Management.
December 13, 2021

The academic journal, Presidential Studies Quarterly, published a positive review of Dr. Brown’s latest book - Amateur Hour: Presidential Character and the Question of Leadership (Routledge, 2020).

This book assesses the impact of presidential character on the popularity, productivity, and ethics of contemporary presidents. Through comparative analyses, author Lara Brown demonstrates that the character of a president’s leadership does not change in office and that the success of future presidents can be evaluated before they step into the White House.

She traces the rise of “amateur outsiders,” like Donald Trump, and asserts the need for systemic reform and cultural reassessment of presidential character. Intended for students and scholars of the presidency, this book also holds appeal for general readers who seek understanding of past and future presidential elections.


About the author:  Lara M. Brown, Ph.D., serves as a professor and the director of the Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) at the George Washington University.