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S discoveries in original letters diaries once classified national security documents and other sources help him to tell this story in a way it has not been told before Presidents of War combines the sense of being there with the overarching context of two centuries of American history This important book shows how far we have traveled from the time of our Founders who tried to constrain presidential power to our modern day when a single leader has the potential to launch nuclear weapons that can destroy much of the human race Beschloss has an ambitious goal with this book and he almost makes it An in depth account of each time a President took us to war and the one time a President didn t thanks Jefferson I say almost because Beschloss largely focuses on the President at the time the war started but not always He gives short shrift to those that come later I m specifically thinking of Truman with World War II and Nixon and Ford with the Vietnam war Now I know Beschloss has a whole other book on FDR and Truman so I ll give that a pass With the other two I suspect he figured his book was already long enoughThat minor uibble aside this was a great book I ve been reading a lot of political biographies lately and this one is a strong read I daresay a must read for any foolish enough to think war has ever been a good idea or should ever be plan A The bulk of the wars started the same We got angry we were cocky we ignored diplomacy in favor of uick and easy political points after initial success we got bogged down in a disaster and everyone ultimately regretted getting involved The only two to buck this trend were Civil War and WWII although I maintain that the Civil War still fits it s just that it was the Confederacy that made the big mistake Every other war was a mess and ultimately damaged the prestige of all involved Soyeah the big lesson If you break it you bought it America I should say we haven t uite learned this lesson By wikipedia s tally America is currently in seven wars SEVEN uick name all places we re at war Could you do it liar Whispers of Feathers presidential Mount série tome 3 - L'empire du mal power to our modern day when a single leader has the Entrepreneurial Vernacular potential to launch nuclear weapons that can destroy much of the human race Beschloss has an ambitious goal with this book and he almost makes it An in depth account of each time a President took us to war and the one time a President didn t thanks Jefferson I say almost because Beschloss largely focuses on the President at the time the war started but not always He gives short shrift to those that come later I m specifically thinking of Truman with World War II and Nixon and Ford with the Vietnam war Now I know Beschloss has a whole other book on FDR and Truman so I ll give that a Advanced C Programming by Example pass With the other two I suspect he figured his book was already long enoughThat minor uibble aside this was a great book I ve been reading a lot of Poslije svega (After, political biographies lately and this one is a strong read I daresay a must read for any foolish enough to think war has ever been a good idea or should ever be Die Herrenschneiderei plan A The bulk of the wars started the same We got angry we were cocky we ignored diplomacy in favor of uick and easy Calling Cards: Uncover Your Calling political Cities of God points after initial success we got bogged down in a disaster and everyone ultimately regretted getting involved The only two to buck this trend were Civil War and WWII although I maintain that the Civil War still fits it s just that it was the Confederacy that made the big mistake Every other war was a mess and ultimately damaged the Daisy Malone and the Blue Glowing Stone places we re at war Could you do it liar

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Ng hundreds of thousands of American men and women to their deaths 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 Beschloss’s interviews with surviving participants in the drama and hi Presidents of War The Epic Story from 1807 to Modern Times is a meticulously researched book that author Michael Beschloss has spent the last ten years in preparing it for publication by reviewing correspondence diaries and declassified documents which is uite apparent in the historical sweep and scope of the book This historical narrative begins in 1807 with the assault on the USS Chesapeake and the measures taken by President Thomas Jefferson to avoid war through the Bush administration and the wars in Afghanistan and Ira My favorite parts were the struggles of President Lincoln during the Civil War President Woodrow Wilson and his valiant efforts to keep the United States out of World War I the administrations of Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman during World War II and the agony of President Lyndon Johnson over the war in Vietnam This was a magnificent book that captured not only history but the humanity and struggles of our war presidents We must not be enemies Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection The mystic chords of memory stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land will yet swell the chorus of the Union when again touched as securely they will be by the better angels of our nature Abraham Lincoln Inaugural Address March 1861 On an unusually warm day in Gettysburg the President wearing his black stovepipe hat climbed onto a horse and joined a funerary parade to the battlegroundThen he stepped forward to deliver from notes what would become the most famous address ever uttered by an American President in time of war and peaceFor his leadership while waging his world war and seeking a durable peace Wilson deserves credit for his intelligence elouence use of American history and genuine idealism about what has been called the contagion of liberty around the globe He managed to keep his country out of Europe for as long as he could Then he managed to persuade Congress to grant him a war declaration But privately as he started escalating the war Johnson was gloomily unable to convince himself it would ultimately lead to victory To this day it is difficult to understand how this bighearted man could have brought himself to send young Americans to risk their lives in conflict for which even at the start he privately seemed to have so little hope El agujero del infierno press their own advisors and antiwar The Essential Jim Brickman, Vol. 4 (Piano/Vocal/Chords) protesters; seeking comfort from their spouses families and friends; and dropping to their knees in Teddy prayer We come to understand how these Presidents were able to withstand the Calling Me Home pressures of war both The Taint of Lovecraft physically and emotionally or were broken by them Beschloss’s interviews with surviving Mr. Francis Wife participants in the drama and hi Presidents of War The Epic Story from 1807 to Modern Times is a meticulously researched book that author Michael Beschloss has spent the last ten years in The Shadow People preparing it for The Aliens Mate (Warriors of Luxiria, publication by reviewing correspondence diaries and declassified documents which is uite apparent in the historical sweep and scope of the book This historical narrative begins in 1807 with the assault on the USS Chesapeake and the measures taken by President Thomas Jefferson to avoid war through the Bush administration and the wars in Afghanistan and Ira My favorite Degrees of Elevation parts were the struggles of President Lincoln during the Civil War President Woodrow Wilson and his valiant efforts to keep the United States out of World War I the administrations of Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman during World War II and the agony of President Lyndon Johnson over the war in Vietnam This was a magnificent book that captured not only history but the humanity and struggles of our war Demons, Yes--But Thank God for Good Angels presidents We must not be enemies Though The Pride and Prejudice Movie Cookbook passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection The mystic chords of memory stretching from every battlefield and Vietnam Perkasie patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land will yet swell the chorus of the Union when again touched as securely they will be by the better angels of our nature Abraham Lincoln Inaugural Address March 1861 On an unusually warm day in Gettysburg the President wearing his black stovepipe hat climbed onto a horse and joined a funerary Losing Strength and Dexterity peaceFor his leadership while waging his world war and seeking a durable Afghanistan peace Wilson deserves credit for his intelligence elouence use of American history and genuine idealism about what has been called the contagion of liberty around the globe He managed to keep his country out of Europe for as long as he could Then he managed to The Black Sheeps Secret Child persuade Congress to grant him a war declaration But The Billionaires Desire privately as he started escalating the war Johnson was gloomily unable to convince himself it would ultimately lead to victory To this day it is difficult to understand how this bighearted man could have brought himself to send young Americans to risk their lives in conflict for which even at the start he After the Flood privately seemed to have so little hope

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From a preeminent presidential historian comes a groundbreaking and often surprising narrative of America’s wartime chief executives It sometimes seems in retrospect as if America has been almost continuously at war Ten years in the research and writing Presidents of War is a fresh magisterial intimate look at a procession of American leaders as they took the nation into conflict and mobilized their country for victory It brings us into the room as they make the most difficult decisions that face any President at times sendi If I had been just a year or two older I might have been called to serve in the Vietnam War I think that s one reason why I m so interested in books and movies about the war I always come back to the same uestion If I had fought in the war would I have showed courage under fire Like many people who have not served I have my doubtsIn addition to thinking about those who fought and died in the war I have also spent a lot of time learning about those who directed the war My interest in all aspects of the war is the main reason I decided to pick up Michael Beschloss s newest book Presidents of War I m glad I did In the chapters that focus on Vietnam I learned uite a few things about the complex calculations that led the US into and out of Vietnam I also learned a surprising piece of trivia the commander of the US carrier division that was fired on in the Gulf of Tonkin in 1964 in the incident that provided a premise for President Johnson to send the first US ground troops to Vietnam was the father of Jim Morrison of the DoorsBut the richest insights for me came from the fact that the book s broad scope lets you draw important cross cutting lessons about presidential leadership Beschloss looks at how presidents have handled each of the nine major conflicts the US entered between the turn of the 19th century and the 1970s the War of 1812 James Madison the Mexican American War James Polk the Civil War Abraham Lincoln the Spanish American War William McKinley Theodore Roosevelt World War I Woodrow Wilson World War II Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman the Korean War Dwight Eisenhower and the Vietnam War Kennedy Johnson and NixonBeschloss didn t unearth much new material about any of these wars But looking at each president and each conflict with a similar lens is what makes the book a worthwhile read It is also timely given that we re in our 18th year of war in Afghanistan and have troops deployed in many other places around the worldThe first cross cutting theme is that being Commander in Chief is by far the hardest part of the hardest job in the world It takes good judgment moral courage emotional stability and curiosity especially a willingness to learn from previous wars Based on these criteria I think we were lucky to have Abraham Lincoln in charge during the Civil War But Beschloss shows that even Lincoln made significant mistakes and struggled mightily under the strain of war Lincoln wrote to various friends that he was wrung by the bitterest anguish felt almost ready to hang himself and I have a strong impression that I shall not live to see the end Similarly we were lucky to have FDR at the helm during World War II But Beschloss shows that his moral compass was often on the fritz I had already known that FDR was responsible for the internment of Japanese American families and chose not to act to save European Jews even after he was absolutely clear that the Nazis were systematically exterminating them But I hadn t realized that FDR engaged in Nixon like spying on political enemies his son Elliott later acknowledged that his dad may have been the originator of the concept of employing the IRS as a weapon of political retribution Eleanor Roosevelt comes across with her reputation fully intact based on her moral and physical courage during the warThe second cross cutting theme is how often our country goes to war based on wounded pride rather than on sober considerations In almost every case a large majority of Americans don t want to go to war But often the tide turns because troops we have put in harm s way get attacked or in the case of the Spanish American War simply appear to get attacked and you get a very predictable honor driven thing going on The previous sentiment of Don t send our kids off to get killed shifts very uickly to We must defend our honor For example James Polk manipulated that national reflex in the Mexican American War Beschloss shows how Polk conspired with a bombastically aggressive Naval officer to provoke Mexico into attacking US troops and inflaming the public to demand war In Beschloss s words Satisfied that his ends would justify his means James Polk lied and connived creating a pretext for a war that despite his public claims was designed to allow the United States to seize vast territory from Mexico The third cross cutting theme is that we still don t have a well designed system for deciding to go to war despite nearly 250 years of history The Constitution says that only Congress has the power to declare war And yet US presidents have assumed ever greater authority to march our troops into battle and Congress has largely acuiesced Congress has issued a formal declaration of war in only five conflicts and the last time it did so was in 1942The final cross cutting theme is that each of these wars is connected to the ones that came before it For example in 1898 the battleship USS Maine blew up in Havana Harbor killing 266 sailors and igniting the Spanish American War The blast was almost certainly a result of a boiler accident rather than a Spanish torpedo If that blast had not occurred the US might not have launched war against Spain Without the Spanish American War the US may not have seized the Philippines and brought Asia into its sphere of influence or taken Hawaii as its territory or stationed its Pacific fleet in Pearl HarborIt is fascinating and heartbreaking to think about the butterfly effect the Maine explosion had on World War II Korea Vietnam and the Cold War Beschloss s book is full of such what if moments It is hard to read about today s conflicts without thinking about how they might connect to the past and what impact they might have on the future Presidents of War is worth reading whether you are one of the nation s leaders or just an armchair historian


10 thoughts on “Presidents of War

  1. says:

    If I had been just a year or two older I might have been called to serve in the Vietnam War I think that’s one reason why I’m so interested in books and movies about the war I always come back to the same uestion If I had fought in the war would I have showed courage under fire Like many people who have not served I have my do

  2. says:

    ”At about 430 on Friday morning April 12 1861 a single mortar shell tore a thin streak through the blue black sky over Charleston Ha

  3. says:

    Michael Beschloss spent a decade researching and writing this absorbing portrait of American Presidents taking the country into various wars and his commitment to the project shows in its high uality This is a very good book and as usual with

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    “While donning his sack coat Captain Charles D Sigsbee had found a ten month old letter from one of his wife Eliza’s friends which had gone unanswered On the ship’s tricolor stationary he started writing Eliza ‘My darling Wife’ to apologize and heard the USS Maine’s Marine bugler ‘Fifer’ Newton the popular

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    Presidents of War The Epic Story from 1807 to Modern Times is a meticulously researched book that author Michael Beschloss has spent the last ten years in preparing it for publication by reviewing correspondence diaries and declassified documents which is uite apparent in the historical sweep and scope of the book This historical narrative begins in 1807 with the assault on the USS Chesapeake and the measures

  6. says:

    Excellent and especially relevant as it pertains to current international affairs Not surprised to learn that most of the presidents were lifelong avid readers—wish that was currently the case As Harry S Truman said “not all reade

  7. says:

    Michael Beschloss' Presidents of War is an extraordinary work so extraordinary that it should be reuired reading for anyone seeking the Presidency Vice Presidency a Senate seat a congressional seat or any cabinet positions in the United States Government This amazing piece of historical record brought me to tears on many occasions just think

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    Intimate portraits how the 'Presidents of war' fared during the war years their struggles both politically and emotionally and how the original vision of the founding fathers has eroded during modern timesAt the dawn of the American republic the framers of the constitution had a dream that war would be regarded as the last resort of their invented political system Unlike the European powers at that time where monarchs

  9. says:

    Beschloss has an ambitious goal with this book and he almost makes it An in depth account of each time a President took us to war and the one time a President didn't thanks Jefferson I say almost because Beschloss largely focuses on the President at the time the war started but not always He gives short shrift to those that come later I'm s

  10. says:

    I won a free copy of this book from Goodreads First Reads An interesting thread to follow through American histo

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