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Character Begets Power in a Crisis – “The Guns of August 1914”, Barbara Tuchman

April 2nd, 2012 · No Comments · Leadership, Quotes

In the (French) President, however, intelligence, experience and strength of purpose, if not constitutional power, were combined. Poincare was a lawyer, economist and member of the Academy, a former finance minister who had served as Permier and Foreign Minister in 1912 and had been elected President of France in January 1913. Character begets power, especially in hours of crisis, and the untried Cabinet leaned willingly on the abilities and strong will of the man who was constitutionally a cipher.

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