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Q: Eisenhower Quote, exact citation ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Eisenhower Quote, exact citation
Category: Reference, Education and News > General Reference
Asked by: paulbbrown-ga
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Posted: 30 Nov 2004 05:17 PST
Expires: 30 Dec 2004 05:17 PST
Question ID: 435998
Eisenhower exact quote/source

I need to know where (book title; speech; interview; whatever) and
when Dwight D. Eisenhower said the following "You don't lead people by
hitting them over the head. That's assault. Not leadership."

Request for Question Clarification by answerfinder-ga on 30 Nov 2004 07:11 PST
Dear paulbbrown-ga,

I have tracked down the quote to a book written in the early 1960s by
an aide to Eisenhower. Because the book is not available on the
internet, I cannot ascertain when and where it was said. It may be
just from a conversation between the two men. You would have obtain
the book from your library or purchase it to obtain the information.

I can provide the full and correct quote (91 words) and the book in
which it appears. Would this answer your question?


Clarification of Question by paulbbrown-ga on 30 Nov 2004 08:14 PST
Yep. That should work for now.
I will find the oook itself somehow.
Subject: Re: Eisenhower Quote, exact citation
Answered By: answerfinder-ga on 30 Nov 2004 08:46 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Dear paulbbrown-ga,
Thank you for answering my clarification request.

The quote is sourced to the following:  
The Ordeal of Power: A political memoir of the Eisenhower Years (New
York ? Athenaeum 1963) p.124 by Emmet John Hughes

Emmet John Hughes was an aide and speech writer for President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

The quote appears in the following book:
Re-Viewing the Cold War : Domestic Factors and Foreign Policy in the
East-West Confrontation
by Patrick M. Morgan (Editor), Keith L. Nelson (Editor)
ISBN: 0275966372

Page 50 of this book refers to Emmet John Hughes reporting
Eisenhower?s comments on leadership,

"Now, look, I happen to know a little about leadership. I?ve had to
work  with a lot of nations, for that matter at odds with each other.
And I tell you this: you do not lead by hitting people over the head.
Any damn fool can do that, but it's usually called 'assault' - not
'leadership'...I'll tell you what leadership is. It's persuasion - and
conciliation - and patience. It's long, slow, tough work. That's the
only sort of leadership I know or believe in - or will practice."

On Page 65 it is sourced as above.

If you go to, and after registering, you can use the
?Search Inside? feature. Search on "Now, look, I happen to know" and
you will be able to see the page in which it appears (use the
quotation marks).

I hope this answers your question. If it does not, or the answer is
unclear, then please ask for clarification of this research before
rating the answer. I shall respond to the clarification request as
soon as I receive it.
Thank you

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paulbbrown-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Exactly what I was looking for. Thanks.

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