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  • ISBN: 9780804137010 (ebook)
  • ISBN: 0307409600
  • ISBN: 9780307409607
  • Physical Description: xi, 739 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Crown, [2018]

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Torrent of passion -- Man of straw -- The most glorious war -- The country is almost ours -- A presidential war -- Fort Sumter -- Blood flowing all about me -- Maine blown up -- We must keep what we want -- The world is on fire -- Salvation of mankind -- How could this have happened? -- The survival war -- I am going to let them have it -- I didn't ask their permission -- We got slapped -- I don't see any way of winning.
Summary, etc.: Beschloss provides a groundbreaking and often surprising saga of America's wartime chief executives. From James Madison and the War of 1812 to recent times, we see them struggling with Congress, the courts, the press, their own advisors and antiwar protesters; seeking comfort from their spouses, families and friends; and dropping to their knees in prayer. We come to understand how these Presidents were able to withstand the pressures of war-- both physically and emotionally-- or were broken by them. -- adapted from publisher info

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2018 September #2
    The intensity of combat magnifies the strengths and weaknesses of individual soldiers, and the stress can also bring out unexpected, hidden reserves of courage, calm, and determination. This also pertains to the presidents who manage wars, as celebrated historian Beschloss illustrates. This is a massive but eminently readable effort to gauge the performance of eight presidents who waged major wars and one, Thomas Jefferson, who avoided a major conflict when one seemed likely. Beschloss avoids excessive attacks but clearly has his favorites. He asserts that Madison erred in pursuing an avoidable war with the British and failed to muster support from a divided population. Polk began the Mexican War with a strategy of supreme cynicism, turning a border skirmish into an act of war, then turning that into a war of expansion, leaving the nation embittered. Lincoln was initially tentative yet eventually became politically adept and wise enough to give Grant the support necessary to win the Civil War. Beschloss' fine survey, from the War of 1812 to Vietnam, reveals a great deal about each commander-in-chief. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Michael Beschloss is the author of nine books on presidential history, including, most recently, the New York Times bestsellers Presidential Courage and The Conquerors, as well as two volumes on Lyndon Johnson&;s White House tapes. He was also editor of the number-one global bestseller Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy. He is the NBC News Presidential Historian and a PBS NewsHour contributor and has received an Emmy and six honorary degrees.

Subject: Presidents United States History
Political leadership United States History
Executive power United States History
United States History, Military
HISTORY / Military / United States
HISTORY / Military / Strategy
HISTORY / United States / General
Executive power
Political leadership
United States
Executive power United States History
Presidents United States History
Political leadership United States History
United States History, Military
Genre: Nonfiction.
Military history.
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