Presidents Of War

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 2

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.

Kirkus Review of Presidents of War

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.Michael Breschloss

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.Presidents of War

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14 thoughts on “Presidents Of War”

  1. The existing literature on this topic has mainly dealt with individual presidents and has not offered a deeper account of the change in focus and interest. It may even be argued that the issue was often the subject of newspaper articles or the daily political calculation and quality of these works reflected precisely in the analytically thoughtful account of the moderation and conditions of continued influence of the US President in the last century.
    The chosen approach to the subject research is scientifically grounded, but equally interesting to readers. From anecdotal stories to formulations that seek to understand the lawfulness of historical interferences, the author manages to keep the reader’s attention.

    1. Thank you Kozakiv for your comment, I agree with you 100%, this book does keep your attention, and also asks the question of all of us, how and why do we start a war or get into war. It is good to look back at history and try not to repeat the same mistakes we have made in the past.

  2. Thank you very much for the awesome post!  This actually looks like a very interesting read, and one that will keep the attention of people like myself, who have a short attention span.  The premise behind this book is amazing as well, and it looks at the decision to go to war in a way that the ordinary citizen may not, and so it helps us to become more understanding of why a president chooses to go a certain route when it comes to the different wars throughout history.

    1. Thank you Jessie for your comment, I think this book will hold your short attention span, ha, ha, but it also will give us some knowledge about the other tools, (besides war) we now have at our diplomats in other countries who are constantly working on different policies that benefit both sides and keep us from war. Fingers crossed anyway.

  3. Hi Bobbi,

    As always you bring us the best books!

    After reading your exciting review about the book “Presidents Of War” find myself on my way to buy it. Reading about the presidents who went to war is always a great read, especially that you mention that secret documents and letters are gonna be revealed in the book which is super amazing for me.

    Many thanks,


    1. Thank you Jordan for your comment, this book does have a lot of factual information and secret documents that were locked up for years, great read for anyone wanting to know, How?, Why? do we get into wars.

  4. Hey Bobbi, This already seems like an interesting addition to your intriguing and captivating recommendations. War is a time when the mettle of leaders are tested, and in some instances, to the very limit. That probably accounts for the reason the decisions they make during such periods have a lasting impact on their lives. A good example of this would be President Lyndon Johnson during the Vietnam war.

    I’m quite sure I’ll enjoy this book. Thanks for sharing

    1. Thank you Rhain for your comment, and I agree with you that President Lyndon B Johnson had a very difficult task ahead of him, but the decisions made by him and his administration, have always been the black mark on his presidency. Even though President Eisenhower got us in, he chose to keep us in a unwinnable war.

  5. American history has been stained by wars thank God has never gotten to the civil occupied American territory (Not counting on acts of terrorism).  

    I’m anxious about reading it. There are always too many theories about how those wars became a reality despite the American diplomatic body. 

    Thank you for calling my attention to this interesting politic book.

    1. Thank you Juan for your comment, I agree with you that it has not yet come to the civil American territory-not including terrorism of course. I hope that the government becomes more transparent about what is going on behind the scenes, and covering up of acts that could possibly bring us into a war. I know they can’t divulge everything for security reasons, but it seems that now, Congress is not even included in the talks, scary.

  6. Hi Bobbi!  This sounds like a very interesting read.  It would be interesting to know how these Presidents dealt with all the conflicts surrounding their decisions.  Sounds like it goes into a lot of details.  We as regular citizens, can’t know what’s all involved when our country goes through war, with exception to those of us who’s children or family members have been killed on foreign soil in a war.  But, overall, we just don’t know all the things the President has to deal with. 

    I would venture to guess that a majority of the people in the nation, don’t pay very close attention anyway.  I am considering reading this book, so I can understand all things surrounding the decisions to become involved in war. How big is this book?  How many pages?  I’m not one to read long books.  I appreciate your review on this.  It peaks my interest.

    1. Thank you Lynn for your comment, I agree with you that people are not aware of what is going on in Washington, and that is a little scary to me, we as a nation have become so unattached from our government and what is going on in The White House, The Congress, and The Senate. The book itself is 752 pages, middle of the road for a good book. Thanks again for your comment.

  7. Hello Bobbi. Thank you for taking your time to share this helpful review of the Presidents of War. American has been involved in several war and have been Victorious for a long time now and we’ll known to be a powerful nation in the world. This awesome book by Michael Beschloss titled Presidents of War is an opportunity to know everything regarding this war and the peace at last.

    1. Thank you MrBiizy for your comment, it is a very important book in the times right now as this book takes us back to the past of when wars were fought and why the wars were fought, I think with all the nuclear weapons in place around the world today, it is scary to think of any war could turn into a nuclear war at anytime. Thanks agagin for your comment.

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