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Conversations with Power

What Great Presidents and Prime Ministers Can Teach Us About Leadership
Published:   May 2011
ISBN: 0230110584 | 256 pages
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Fresh out of college and just beginning his work as a syndicated columnist and a researcher at the New America Foundation, Brian Till set out to interview the former world leaders he most admired. He hardly expected to get his foot in the door--much less to have revelatory, insightful conversations with so many of them. Here, he distills their collective wisdom into key lessons for aspiring leaders of the future, including the best ways to handle opposition, public opinion, and the information revolution.

With a stunning list of interviewees including Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Ehud Barak, and Vaclav Havel, and Nobel Laureates Mikhail Gorbachev, Pervez Musharraf, FW de Klerk, and Martti Ahtisaari, these conversations provide an illuminating, entertaining, and uplifting reminder of what is possible when great leaders inspire and the public is engaged.


"This is a collection full of voices that have not been heard enough in America, and the world. Brian Till has spent quality time with some of the most innovative and significant officials of the past few decades, and their experiences and insights are a delight to read, as well as provide an important series of history lessons." — Seymour M. Hersh

“Conversations with Power reflects one young man’s quest for knowledge and reassurance from a fascinating array of past leaders. The result is not only a revealing set of lessons about the possibilities and limitations of power; it is also a challenge to a new generation to take the future into its own hands.” — Madeleine K. Albright, Former U.S. Secretary of State

“This is a marvelous collection. Brian Till has journeyed around the world talking to leaders of all sorts of government about how they got to the top, what they did there, what worked, what did not. His book gives valuable insights into the secrets of power - and how the powerful see the world today.” — William Shawcross, author of Deliver Us From Evil

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