Warriors, Rebels, and Saints

The Art of Leadership from Machiavelli to Malcolm X

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By Moshik Temkin

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 Do leaders make history or does history make leaders? A deep dive into how we define, seek, and become leaders.

We live in a period of leadership in crisis. At home, and across the globe, we sense that unqualified and irresponsible individuals are being elevated to positions of power, strong men and autocrats are consolidating their hold on governance, and the people are losing faith in the prospect of a better future. How have we arrived at this point? And how can we correct our course?

For the past decade, Moshik Temkin has challenged his students at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and around the world to grapple with the nature of leadership as part of his wildly popular course “Leaders and Leadership in History.” Now, in Warriors, Rebels, and Saints, Temkin refashions the classroom for a wider audience.

Using art, film, and literature to illustrate the drama of the past, Temkin considers how leaders have made decisions in the most difficult circumstances—from the Great Depression of the 1930s to the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo and from the anticolonial wars of the 20th century to the civil rights struggle—and how, in a world desperate for good leadership, we can evaluate those decisions and draw lessons for today.  


On Sale
Nov 7, 2023
Page Count
320 pages

Moshik Temkin

About the Author

Moshik Temkin is currently a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Leadership and History at Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University, and a Fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He received his PhD in History from Columbia University and has taught at Harvard University, Columbia University, and the École des Hautes Études in Paris. In recent years he has been a visiting professor and lecturer in India, South Korea, Spain, Mexico, France, and the United States. His articles and essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Nation, the Journal of DemocracyAeon, the New RepublicSalon, and the Los Angeles Times. His previous books includeThe Sacco-Vanzetti Affair: America on Trial, which was a finalist for the Cundill History Prize.  

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