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The Case for Greatness: Honorable Ambition and Its Critics

Robert Faulkner


This book examines political ambition, good and bad, paying particular attention to honorable ambition. The book contends that too many modern accounts of leadership slight such things as determination to excel, good judgment, justice, and a sense of honor—the very qualities that distinguish the truly great. And here it offers an attempt to recover “a reasonable understanding of excellence,” that which distinguishes a Franklin D. Roosevelt and a Lincoln from lesser leaders. The book finds the most telling diagnoses in antiquity and examines closely Aristotle's great-souled man, two accounts of ... More

Keywords: political ambition, leadership, judgment, justice, honor, excellence, political greatness, popular self-government, egalitarianism, idealism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780300123937
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300123937.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Faulkner, author