Presidents of War
From a preeminent presidential historian comes a groundbreaking and often surprising narrative of America’s wartime chief executivesIt 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 sending 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 his 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.

Presidents of War Details

TitlePresidents of War
Author
ReleaseOct 9th, 2018
PublisherCrown
ISBN-139780307409607
Rating
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, Politics, War, Presidents, North American Hi..., American History

Presidents of War Review

  • Argum
    January 1, 1970
    I won a free copy of this book from Goodreads First Reads. An interesting thread to follow through American history, the presidents that served during wartime from the War of 1812 to Vietnam. A few chapters are devoted to each conflict with the background to the war and the man in office at the time along with politics more broadly. It is interesting how one bleeds into the next via the advisers or the young Congressman of one being President the next. But more importantly decisions made during I won a free copy of this book from Goodreads First Reads. An interesting thread to follow through American history, the presidents that served during wartime from the War of 1812 to Vietnam. A few chapters are devoted to each conflict with the background to the war and the man in office at the time along with politics more broadly. It is interesting how one bleeds into the next via the advisers or the young Congressman of one being President the next. But more importantly decisions made during one inform the next whether it was from lessons learned about how to end it or how to get away with it to what to do with the public to keep up support. Deeply personal stories of the President as well as dirty politics share equal time in the narrative. Really hangs together as a cohesive story as well. WOnderful
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  • CDB81
    January 1, 1970
    I won this in a Goodreads Giveaway. So thanks to Goodreads and Crown Publishing.This is a fantastic piece of work exploring the thread running through American history of Presidents and their expanding war time powers. This book spotlights the presidents who fought unnecessary wars, the presidents who lied or manipulated actions to enter wars, and how these presidents chose to involve Congress before and during war time. The constitution grants Congress the power to declare war, but the author s I won this in a Goodreads Giveaway. So thanks to Goodreads and Crown Publishing.This is a fantastic piece of work exploring the thread running through American history of Presidents and their expanding war time powers. This book spotlights the presidents who fought unnecessary wars, the presidents who lied or manipulated actions to enter wars, and how these presidents chose to involve Congress before and during war time. The constitution grants Congress the power to declare war, but the author shows the slippery slope of presidential war time actions resulting in no congressional war declaration in over 50 years. I cannot recommend this book enough. One of the best books I have read on American history without a question.
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  • Debra Jeakins
    January 1, 1970
    PRESIDENTS OF WAR:THE EPIC STORY FROM 1807 TO MODERN TIMES BY MICHAEL BESCHLOSS takes the readers to a very young US and the War of 1812 to modern day war. Each President facing his worst nightmare : a nation at war and how each president handles it. From James Madison who is seen fleeing into the night as the White House burns to modern day, this book is wonderful for us "students of history" like myself. It is NOT, however, a dry book stuffed with just dry facts. It is written to make the hist PRESIDENTS OF WAR:THE EPIC STORY FROM 1807 TO MODERN TIMES BY MICHAEL BESCHLOSS takes the readers to a very young US and the War of 1812 to modern day war. Each President facing his worst nightmare : a nation at war and how each president handles it. From James Madison who is seen fleeing into the night as the White House burns to modern day, this book is wonderful for us "students of history" like myself. It is NOT, however, a dry book stuffed with just dry facts. It is written to make the history of our country come alive. Even though this is nonfiction (yes there is footnotes galore, ) it lets the reader live the moment and still learn new things about our country and our wars.I received this book free from goodreads in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Seth
    January 1, 1970
    Presidents of War covers the wars from 1812 through Vietnam. Each war gets a few chapters that deal with the President, the lead up to the war, and the general politics at the time. It is very interesting to see what led to the wars, how Presidents gained/kept/loss support for the war. The writing was excellent for a history book, but still a little dry. I would recommend this to anyone who likes American history. *I got this book via a Goodreads give away*
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  • Steve
    January 1, 1970
    A interesting read throughout American history during past wars even to the present wars, shows how the President handles the conflicts and makes major decisions concerning the battles that were fought. It also tells of the emotional toll it made on the Presidents as well.
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  • Robin Case
    January 1, 1970
    Slightly different take on USA and it's Presidents at War. While I did pick up on new aspects to historical events i wasn't too impressed with the organization of the material. Facts good, story telling mediocre, ambitious aspirations ultimately unfilled.
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  • Jim Ogle
    January 1, 1970
    This is an exceptional book by an exceptional historian.
  • Csimplot Simplot
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent book!!!
  • PWRL
    January 1, 1970
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  • Bettie☯
    January 1, 1970
    Will be published by Crown on October 9
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