Presidents of War is widely acclaimed and ten tears in the making of Chief Executives who took the United States into conflict and mobilized it for victory. From the war of 1812 to Vietnam, we see these leaders considering the difficult decision to send hundreds of thousands of Americans to their deaths; struggling with Congress, the courts, the press, and anti-war protesters; seeking comfort from their spouses and friends; and dropping to their knees in prayer. Through Beschloss’s interviews with surviving participants and findings in original letters and once-classified national security documents, we come to understand how these Presidents were able to withstand the pressures of war-or were broken by them.
Presidents of War combines this sense of immediacy with the overreaching context of two centuries of American history, traveling 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.
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The lengthy volume discusses eight U.S. Presidents who have guided the nation through war-as well as Thomas Jefferson who worked to keep the country out of conflict. Beschloss rightly minimizes discussions on military specifics, such as battles and troop deployments, in favor of describing how each president handled the buildup to hostilities as well as hi relations with Congress, the American public, foreign diplomats and the press. The authors factual account of presidents and how we got into war, and why we got into war, is depicted in this amazing read for any political historian or history buff.
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Kirkus Review of Presidents of War, a history of the civil war was told through the six American Presidents, that experienced it firsthand.
Only once have five former presidents been alive to look upon their successor. When Abraham Lincoln took office in 1861, these men were John Tyler, Martin Van Buren, Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce and James Buchanan. DeRose (Law/Arizona Summit Law School; Founding Rivals: Madison versus Monroe, The Bill Of Rights, And The Election That Saved A Nation, 2011, etc.) carefully examines each president’s role in the build-up to The Civil War and their respective differences in their approach to the problem of slavery and secession.
Precipitated by the tariffs of 1828 and 1832, the nullification crisis of 1832 proved and early test of the Union’s resolve and willingness to assert its sovereignty. South Carolina declared both tariff bills null and void and would no longer remit federal duties. President Andrew Jackson, hardly one to recoil from this type of brazen insubordination, demand local allies collect the duty by any means necessary and issued a statement asserting the power of the Union over the right of a state to annul federal law or secede. Ultimately, the nullification crisis was resolved through political compromise, but the pivotal issue of secession proved to have roots far deeper then many could have foreseen. Foreshadowing The Civil War, nearly forty years later, this crisis would shape the way future presidents forged their opinions on slavery and states’ rights. While discussing Jackson and Lincoln, DeRose smartly focuses his attention on a few of the lesser-known, but not less valuable presidents. The authors narrative portraits of each president’s often precarious relationship to the Union reveals eye-opening facts that are otherwise overlooked-e.g., John Tyler was the only president to die an enemy of his country.
DeRose condenses half a century’s worth of political history into an informative compendium of the political struggles to lead to the Civil War.
The author’s highly readable style and ability to pinpoint the most relevant facts, make this a perfect book for any student of American History and its presidents. The reviews praise the book Presidents of War as masterful, factual, and a great read that is relevant and concise in the world we live in today, with nuclear bombs, and nuclear warheads as the basis of how war with any enemy is the new normal, it is scary and deserves a look back in history to see why? and how? wars are started.
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