Summary Book Review Presidents of War by Michael Beschloss:
Download or read book Presidents of War written by Michael Beschloss and published by Broadway Books. This book was released on 2019-10-22 with total page 752 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Ever since our nation's founding, after a nearly decade-long struggle with Great Britain, America has found itself almost continuously at war. And at the forefront of every struggle-large or small, foreign or domestic, celebrated or forgotten-has been the president, who as commander-in-chief of the armed forces has to make the impossible choice of when to hazard American lives. Michael Beschloss is a lauded historian and one of the keenest observers of the White House. In Presidents of War, he offers an authoritative portrait of our major wartime presidents in action, from the War of 1812 to the Vietnam War. Whether examining Lincoln's controversial military leadership, Wilson's idealistic and authoritarian approach to World War I, or LBJ sinking into the quagmire of Vietnam, Beschloss employs deep research and unsurpassed storytelling to bring these presidents to life in moments of public oratory and private doubt. He also charts their relationships with the public, which has consigned them to fame or infamy, and with Congress, which has continually struggled to define and redefine the president's wartime powers. Provocative and illuminating, Presidents of Waris a definitive work of presidential history and an invaluable guide to leadership and decision-making in times of crisis.
Summary Book Review American Presidents at War by Thomas P. Athridge:
Download or read book American Presidents at War written by Thomas P. Athridge and published by Lulu.com. This book was released on 2017-06-13 with total page 288 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: American Presidents At War is an analysis of how the Commanders-in-Chief of the United States have dealt with wartime conflicts during their years in office, from the Revolutionary War to the 21st-century War on Terror. Drawn from speeches, interviews, and the collections of the Library of Congress, this detailed review of Presidential actions is presented in relation to the actions following the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001.
Summary Book Review Gale Researcher Guide for: American Presidents and the Vietnam War by Emilie Raymond:
Download or read book Gale Researcher Guide for: American Presidents and the Vietnam War written by Emilie Raymond and published by Gale, Cengage Learning. This book was released on 2018-08-30 with total page 12 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Gale Researcher Guide for: American Presidents and the Vietnam War is selected from Gale's academic platform Gale Researcher. These study guides provide peer-reviewed articles that allow students early success in finding scholarly materials and to gain the confidence and vocabulary needed to pursue deeper research.
Summary Book Review The Presidents' War by Chris DeRose:
Download or read book The Presidents' War written by Chris DeRose and published by Lyons Press. This book was released on 2014-06-17 with total page 392 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: For the first time, readers will experience America’s gravest crisis through the eyes of the five former presidents who lived it. Author and historian Chris DeRose chronicles history’s most epic Presidential Royal Rumble, which culminated in a multi-front effort against Lincoln’s reelection bid, but not before: * John Tyler engaged in shuttle diplomacy between President Buchanan and the new Confederate Government. He chaired the Peace Convention of 1861, the last great hope for a political resolution to the crisis. When it failed, Tyler joined the Virginia Secession Convention, voted to leave the Union, and won election to the Confederate Congress. * Van Buren, who had schemed to deny Lincoln the presidency, supported him in his efforts after Fort Sumter, and thwarted Franklin Pierce's attempt at a meeting of the ex-Presidents to undermine Lincoln. * Millard Fillmore hosted Lincoln and Mary Todd on their way to Washington, initially supported the war effort, offered critical advice to keep Britain at bay, but turned on Lincoln over emancipation. * Franklin Pierce, talked about as a Democratic candidate in 1860 and ’64, was openly hostile to Lincoln and supportive of the South, an outspoken critic of Lincoln especially on civil liberties. After Vicksburg, when Jefferson Davis’s home was raided, a secret correspondence between Pierce and the Confederate President was revealed. * James Buchanan, who had left office as seven states had broken away from the Union, engaged in a frantic attempt to vindicate his administration, in part by tying himself to Lincoln and supporting the war, arguing that his successor had simply followed his policies. How Abraham Lincoln battled against his predecessors to preserve the Union and later to put an end to slavery is a thrilling tale of war waged at the top level of power.
Summary Book Review U.S. Presidents and Latin American Interventions by Michael Grow:
Download or read book U.S. Presidents and Latin American Interventions written by Michael Grow and published by . This book was released on 2008 with total page 266 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Reveals how Cold War U.S. presidents intervened in Latin America not, as the official argument stated, to protect economic interests or war off perceived national security threats, but rather as a way of responding to questions about strength and credibility both globally and at home.
Author :Richard F. Hamilton Publisher :Transaction Publishers Release Date :2011-12-31 ISBN 10 :9781412809627 Pages :217 pages File Format : PDF, EPUB, TEXT, KINDLE or MOBI Rating :4.0/5 (962 users download)
Summary Book Review President McKinley, War and Empire by Richard F. Hamilton:
Download or read book President McKinley, War and Empire written by Richard F. Hamilton and published by Transaction Publishers. This book was released on 2011-12-31 with total page 217 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This second volume of President McKinley, War and Empire assesses five theories that have dominated analysis of modern societies in the last century--liberalism, Marxism, mass society, pluralism, and elitism--in accounting for an aberrant event in American history: the Spanish-American War. President McKinley and the Coming of the War 1898, volume 1 of this definitive history, considered the origins of that war. This second volume is concerned with the war's outcome; the settlement in which the U.S. gained an "empire." The book begins by reviewing various expansionist episodes in U.S. history--some successes, some failures--and by analyzing the complexities, support, and opposition involved in expansionism. It then examines the work of expansionist writers, men said to have "driven" the 1898-99 movement, finding these claims to be questionable. Hamilton assesses McKinley's decision-making in regard to the settlement of the Spanish-American War, including the influences that might have moved him, as well as his own justifications. He then reviews the subsequent achievements: the size and character of the new American "empire;" trade flows the Philippine experience and U.S. efforts in China--supposedly the prime goal of the new imperialism. Many contemporary writers anticipated great possibilities in China, but that "fabled" market remained minuscule throughout the following century. Much American trade continued to be with Western Europe, while the biggest change in U.S. exports went largely unnoticed--Canada became the nation's number one trading partner. In much historical writing, McKinley is portrayed as little more than a "front man" for Mark Hanna, the adept businessman-politician who organized and led his presidential campaign, aided by generous financial contributions from business leaders across the nation. Hanna certainly was a leading figure in McKinley's career, but the assumption that his influence was controlling is not justified, as has been shown in recent research. McKinley was far more than a figurehead easily manipulated by representatives of "the interests."
Summary Book Review Images of Inherited War by William R. Hersch:
Download or read book Images of Inherited War written by William R. Hersch and published by . This book was released on 2014 with total page 185 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This study examines how cognitive forces shape grand wartime strategy across successive presidential administrations. By analyzing Vietnam through the lens of image and cognitive theory, the author attempts to answer the question, How did presidential image affect agendas and outcomes during the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations? Specifically, the author examines the presidencies of Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon through key decision points and policy shifts during the Vietnam War in an effort to unveil the substantial cognitive forces with which presidents must contend, and often counter, when they inherit war. It is the author's hope that revealing the confluence of images, agendas, and outcomes during the Vietnam War will make current and future decision makers more aware of the impact that cognitive forces have in shaping war's trajectory. Moreover, he hopes that by examining Vietnam through the lens of presidential image, a broader conceptualization of 'war as inheritance' will emerge. Ultimately, this study may help minimize current and future cognitive pitfalls in the development and execution of grand strategy, particularly when policy makers face the daunting challenge of inherited war. It also establishes the foundation for a larger project that not only examines Vietnam more broadly but also analyzes how image and inheritance influenced grand strategy in Afghanistan.
Summary Book Review American War Presidents by Stefanie Wunder:
Download or read book American War Presidents written by Stefanie Wunder and published by GRIN Verlag. This book was released on 2011-08 with total page 56 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Pre-University Paper from the year 2010 in the subject English - Applied Geography, grade: 1,0, language: English, abstract: In the last 250 years the USA has been involved in more than twenty wars. The reasons for the American interventions in those wars were quite different. The involvement in the Barbary Wars which lasted from 1801 until 1805 was caused by the fact that the pasha of Tripoli wanted to blackmail the United States. The USA had to decide whether they wanted to be protected from pirate attacks or not. President Thomas Jefferson saw only one opportunity and this was fighting against Tripoli.1 The Mexican-American War, which took place from 1846 until 1848, was another war fought by the Americans. During that time the extension of the American territory was the main aim of the American President James K. Polk. The war grew out of an argument between the Mexicans and the Americans, because the USA shifted the border between those two states in the Mexican's disfavor. After the outburst of the war it took two years until the Mexicans had to give up, facing a great loss of territory. Another example is the Vietnam War which lasted from 1961 until 1975. The United States believed that their duty was to stop the advance of communism. The plan of President John F. Kennedy was to help the population of South Vietnam to get rid of the Vietcong guerrilla.After North Vietnam has attacked American warships, President Lyndon B. Johnson managed to get the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution accepted by the Congress. Soon after this, the USA declared the civil war in South Vietnam as a war of the United States against the communistic North Vietnam. All in all it is obvious that the reasons for the American involvements in those wars are very different and strongly linked to the incidents in those times and the decisions of the American Presidents. In the following I am going to take a closer look at two differen
Summary Book Review The Influence of the War in Vietnam on the American Presidency by James R. Hiatt:
Download or read book The Influence of the War in Vietnam on the American Presidency written by James R. Hiatt and published by . This book was released on 1980 with total page 176 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:
Summary Book Review The Two American Presidents by Bruce Chadwick:
Download or read book The Two American Presidents written by Bruce Chadwick and published by Citadel Press. This book was released on 1999 with total page 490 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The first dual biography of two great leaders furnishes a comprehensive, heavily researched study that compares the two men and reaches firm conclusions about the Civil War that transformed the United States.
Summary Book Review My Fellow Americans by Michael Worek:
Download or read book My Fellow Americans written by Michael Worek and published by Firefly Books. This book was released on 2011-12-23 with total page 312 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The most interesting and inspiring presidential speeches, from Franklin Roosevelt to Barack Obama. From Franklin Roosevelt to Barack Obama, American presidents have faced unprecedented challenges at home and abroad. From the onset of the Great Depression, through World War II, the Korean War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Cold War, Desert Storm and the War on Terror, American presidents have warned and rallied the nation during each crisis. Presidents have also addressed the people in times of triumph -- the creation of the United Nations, advances in civil rights, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War. My Fellow Americans includes the speeches that capture times of challenge, conflict and change, with such memorable phrases as "We have nothing to fear but fear itself," "Ask not what your country can do for you" and "Begin again the work of remaking America," which have entered the vernacular and have become a part of our heritage. This book is a record of how our presidents established their leadership through thick and thin. The language of the speeches reflects the country's mood over decades of fear and hope and the ongoing faith and values that sustain our nation. My Fellow Americans is divided into six parts: 1933-1945: Roosevelt 1945-1961: T ruman and Eisenhower 1961-1969: Kennedy and Johnson 1969-1981: Nixon, Ford and Carter 1981-1993: Reagan and Bush 1993-2009: Clinton, Bush and Obama. Each part is introduced with a short essay that provides a timeline and context for the events of the period. There is also an introduction to the book that focuses on the president's use of language to inspire listeners. Illustrated with 30 black-and-white historical photographs, My Fellow Americans is a stunning testament to America's recent history. The American Constitution, Article II, Section 3, mandates that the president "shall from time to time give to Congress information on the state of the union." Since George Washington delivered the first State of the Union address in 1790, each president has addressed Congress and the people of the United States every year. Presidents have also given inaugural and farewell addresses as well as many formal and informal speeches. From these speeches there is a vivid and immediate record of the major triumphs and tragedies the nation has faced and clear portraits of the men who have led. Famous speeches in the book include: Roosevelt's first Inaugural Address, 1933: "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." Eisenhower's Farewell Address, 1961: "We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence ... by the military-industrial complex." Kennedy's Inaugural Address, 1961: "Ask not what your country can do for you..." Johnson's State of the Union Address, 1967: "We have chosen to fight a limited war in Vietnam in an attempt to prevent a larger war." Reagan's Evil Empire speech, 1983: "[Do not] ignore the facts of history and the aggressive impulses of an evil empire." George W. Bush's State of the Union Address, 2004: "We are engaged in the defining ideological struggle of the 21st century." Barack Obama's Inaugural Address, 2009: "Begin again the work of remaking America."
Summary Book Review Images of Inherited War by William R. Hersch:
Download or read book Images of Inherited War written by William R. Hersch and published by . This book was released on 2017-08-25 with total page 202 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The presidencies of Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon are examined through the lens of image and cognitive theory to help answer the question of how their perceptions (which often can create their own reality) of the Vietnam War affected their agendas and the outcomes of the war that each inherited. By examining Vietnam in the context of presidential image-how presidents filter events based on the unique experiences they bring to office-it is the author's hope that a broader conceptualization of "war as inheritance" will emerge. Ultimately, this study may help minimize current and future cognitive pitfalls in the development and execution of grand strategy, particularly when policy makers face the daunting challenge of inherited war.
Summary Book Review The American Presidents by Jon Roper:
Download or read book The American Presidents written by Jon Roper and published by . This book was released on 2000 with total page 246 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book looks at how John F. Kennedy confronted the challenge of the Cold War, molding the narratives of "consensus history" into the activist rhetoric of the New Frontier. From Kennedy's inauguration to Clinton's impeachment, "The American Presidents" examines the development of the character of the contemporary presidency during one of the most fascinating and turbulent periods in its history.
Summary Book Review The Case for Combat: How Presidents Persuade Americans to Go to War by Edward J. Lordan:
Download or read book The Case for Combat: How Presidents Persuade Americans to Go to War written by Edward J. Lordan and published by ABC-CLIO. This book was released on 2010-09-16 with total page 324 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book provides a historical analysis of presidential rhetoric regarding war and examines the similarities, differences, effectiveness, and ethics of the persuasive strategies used by the White House through the history of the nation. • Presents ten case histories that examine the presidential rhetoric of the largest wars in the nation's history, including excerpts or entire speeches from ten American presidents • Examines how the national and international political environment influenced the decision to enter the wars and the communication strategies used to introduce them • Traces the expansion of presidential power and media growth in the nation's history, as well as the impact of these changes on presidential rhetoric
Summary Book Review Times of Heroism, Times of Terror by Martin Thornton:
Download or read book Times of Heroism, Times of Terror written by Martin Thornton and published by Praeger. This book was released on 2005 with total page 175 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Understanding foreign policy has become more essential than ever in today's integrated world. To better understand America's stance on foreign policy today, it is helpful to analyze how U.S. presidents and leaders have acted in the past, particularly throughout the 20th century.
Summary Book Review Elusive Victories by Andrew J. Polsky:
Download or read book Elusive Victories written by Andrew J. Polsky and published by Oxford University Press. This book was released on 2012-06-01 with total page 456 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: On April 4, 1864, Abraham Lincoln made a shocking admission about his presidency during the Civil War. "I claim not to have controlled events," he wrote in a letter, "but confess plainly that events have controlled me." Lincoln's words carry an invaluable lesson for wartime presidents, writes Andrew J. Polsky in this seminal book. As Polsky shows, when commanders-in-chief do try to control wartime events, more often than not they fail utterly. In Elusive Victories, Polsky provides a fascinating study of six wartime presidents, drawing larger lessons about the limits of the power of the White House during armed conflict. He examines, in turn, Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, showing how each gravely overestimated his power as commander-in-chief. In each case, these presidents' resources did not match the key challenges that recur from war to war. Both Lincoln and Johnson intervened in military operations, giving orders to specific units; yet both struggled with the rising unpopularity of their conflicts. Both Wilson and Bush entered hostilities with idealistic agendas for the aftermath, yet found themselves helpless to enact them. With insight and clarity, Polsky identifies overarching issues that will inform current and future policymakers. The single most important dynamic, he writes, is the erosion of a president's freedom of action. Each decision propels him down a path from which he cannot turn back. When George W. Bush rejected the idea of invading Iraq with 400,000 troops, he could not send such a force two years later as the insurgency spread. In the final chapter, Polsky examines Barack Obama's options in light of these conclusions, and considers how the experiences of the past might inform the world we face now. Elusive Victories is the first book to provide a comprehensive account of presidential leadership during wartime, highlighting the key dangers that presidents have ignored at their peril.
Summary Book Review Harry S. Truman and the Modern American Presidency by Robert H. Ferrell:
Download or read book Harry S. Truman and the Modern American Presidency written by Robert H. Ferrell and published by Boston : Little, Brown. This book was released on 1983 with total page 238 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A concise analytical biography of Truman emphasizes his accomplishments as an administrator and foreign policy shaper and his consequent contributions to our concept of the presidency