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The Fall and Rise of Political Leaders

Olof Palme, Olusegun Obasanjo, and Indira Gandhi

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Leslie Derfler
    Pages 29-34
  3. Leslie Derfler
    Pages 35-54
  4. Leslie Derfler
    Pages 55-70
  5. Leslie Derfler
    Pages 97-102
  6. Leslie Derfler
    Pages 103-126
  7. Leslie Derfler
    Pages 127-143
  8. Leslie Derfler
    Pages 145-166
  9. Leslie Derfler
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  10. Leslie Derfler
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  11. Leslie Derfler
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  12. Leslie Derfler
    Pages 227-234
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 235-271

About this book


Olof Palme (Sweden), Olusegun Obasanjo (Nigeria), and Indira Gandhi (India) achieved the pinnacle of political power, fell from or relinquished power, and then, after a period in the political wilderness, regained it. By placing greater emphasis than that customarily accorded by biographers on the "interment" that followed their "fall" and preceded their "resurrection," the book describes how what they did, the lessons they learned, and the mistakes made by their successors facilitated their reentry.


government international relations political history political science politics wilderness

About the authors

LESLIE DERFLER is Professor of History at Florida Atlantic University, USA.

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"This is an intriguing and ambitious project. A comparison of eight political careers that share a common pattern of attaining power and then returning after a time out of power in which the actors gain perspective on their exercise of power and the problems they confronted in implementing policy, offers an opportunity to make comparisons across divides of nation-state and diverse political cultures." - John (Kim) Munholland, University of Minnesota