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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 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 thinking about the mothers and fathers who lost their children to wars fought for the benefit to get a President re elected out of selfish pride stupid intelligence and a rush to judgement without having all the facts The book covers all the wars the United States has been in since the War of 1812 through Vietnam in great and enlightening detail The Founder Fathers would be appalled at what Mr Beschloss has uncovered and considering th

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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 At about 430 on Friday morning April 12 1861 a single mortar shell tore a thin streak through the blue black sky over Charleston Harbor then dropped onto Fort Sumter exploding into a burst of red and orange With that one mortar shell South Carolina touched off a conflict that would claim the lives of approximately 618222 soldiers The greatest toll of lives by far of any war fought by America There were two very different perspectives of the prospect of this war The South was excited and hell bent on licking those yellow bellied Yankees The North was still in denial that they were even in a war They were mystified as to why their Southern cousins were so intent on trying to kill them A combination of brainwashing poor education and a clinging to a way of life that w

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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 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 third baseman for the ship s baseball team play Taps Sigsbee put down his fountain pen to listen Then at 940 just as he slipped his completed letter Lovingly CDS into an envelope he heard the horrific boomSigsbee found it a bursting rending and crashing sound or roar of tremendous volumefollowed by a succession of heavy ominous metallic sounds probably caused by the overturning of the central superstructure and by falling debris After th Collected Stories thousands of American men and women Collected Stories to Cleopatras Daughter their deaths From James Madison and Funny Feckin' Irish Jokes!: Humorous Jokes about Everything Irish.Sure Tis Great Craic! the War of 1812 Settlers to recent Never Deny a Duke (Decadent Dukes Society, times we see The Sphinx them struggling with Congress Tidelands (Fairmile the courts Pretty Lucy Merwyn the press Strings their own advisors and antiwar protesters; seeking comfort from Carnal Sacrifice (Brides of Caralon, their spouses families and friends; and dropping Catch and Release to Devils Paw (Imp, their knees in prayer We come Canyons of Night (Rainshadow, to understand how All Tied Up these Presidents were able The Film Snob*s Dictionary to withstand In the Eyes of Crazy (Kontras Menagerie the pressures of war both physically and emotionally or were broken by Tea Environments and Plantation Culture them Beschloss’s interviews with surviving participants in 50 Hikes in the Adirondack Mountains the drama and hi While donning his sack coat Captain Charles D Sigsbee had found a Survive by the Team ten month old letter from one of his wife Eliza s friends which had gone unanswered On Angels & Demons (Angels & Demons, the ship s Washington! (Wagons West, tricolor stationary he started writing Eliza My darling Wife Tennessee! (Wagons West, to apologize and heard Celebration! (Wagons West, the USS Maine s Marine bugler Fifer Newton Texas! (Wagons West, the popular I Know What You Bid Last Summer (Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery third baseman for Revenge ni Miss Piggy the ship s baseball Breakfast Book team play Taps Sigsbee put down his fountain pen The Librarian and the Spy (Librarian and the Spy Escapade to listen Then at 940 just as he slipped his completed letter Lovingly CDS into an envelope he heard Day of Independence (Bad Men of the West, the horrific boomSigsbee found it a bursting rending and crashing sound or roar of A Bookmarked Death (Delhi Laine Mystery tremendous volumefollowed by a succession of heavy ominous metallic sounds probably caused by Card Concepts the overturning of Schadenfreude the central superstructure and by falling debris After Emotional Victory th


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

  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 Harbor then dropped onto Fort Sumter exploding into a burst of red and orange” With that one mortar shell South Carolina touched off a conflict that would claim the lives of approximately 61

  3. says:

    Michael Beschloss spent a decade researching and writing this absorbing portrait of American Presidents taking the country

  4. says:

    “While donning his sack coat Captain Charles D Sigsbee had found a ten month old letter from one of his wife Eliza’s f

  5. says:

    Presidents of War The Epic Story from 1807 to Modern Times is a meticulously researched book that author Michael

  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 readers are l

  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

  8. says:

    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

  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

  10. says:

    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 broadly It is interesting how one bleeds into the next via the advisers or the young Congressman of one being Pre

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