Following a thematic approach, this study examines the nature and development of the contemporary Vice-Presidency from the end of World War II to the present. Natoli sheds new light on such areas as the vice-presidential selection process, the Vice-Presidency as a stepping-stone to the Presidency, the nature of the Vice-Presidency, the Vice-President as administration spokesperson, the impact of personality, the role of the Presidency in shaping the Vice-Presidency, disability and succession, the role of staff relations, the future of the Vice-Presidency, and more. Her research is solidly backed by personal interviews conducted with such political leaders as Gerald R. Ford, Hubert H. Humphrey, Dean Rusk, Clark Clifford, and Endicott Peabody. She gleans fresh insights from numerous other presidential and vice-presidential advisers and staff, and United States Senators.
Reviews A scholarly contribution on an uninteresting, but not unimportant, subject. Natoli...obviously noticed a deficiency in the executive leadership literature on the role of the vice president. Her solution is to present information on the vice presidency around a number of themes, such as the use of the office as a stepping stone to the presidency, the nature of the vice presidency, and other factors relevant to personality and roles of individuals occupying the post. Perhaps the most original contribution of the book is the number of personal interviews conducted with political leaders such as Gerald R. Ford, Hubert Humphrey, Dean Rusk, and Clark Clifford as well as numerous other senators and presidential advisors. These interviews supplement a number of biographies by and about vice presidents. The research is well documented by an excellent bibliography and the added bonus of a bibliographic essay...—Choice