Presidents of War: The Epic Story, from 1807 to Modern Times

Presidents of War: The Epic Story, from 1807 to Modern Times

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 i From a preeminent presidential historian comes a groundbreaking and often surprising narrative of America?s warti...

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Title:Presidents of War: The Epic Story, from 1807 to Modern Times
Author:Michael R. Beschloss
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Genres:History
ISBN:Presidents of War
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Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:752 pages pages

Presidents of War: The Epic Story, from 1807 to Modern Times Reviews

  • Joe
    Apr 04, 2019
    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 ...
  • Matt
    Nov 26, 2018
    ?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] Mai...
  • Gswope
    Feb 05, 2019
    I wish all historians could write history as entertaining and enlightening as Beschloss. His transition from president to president while holding on to details and demonstrating how one tied to the other was fascinating. I highly recommend. ...
  • Jeffrey Keeten
    Nov 10, 2018
    ?At about 4:30 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 c...
  • Karen
    Nov 25, 2018
    This book is an in-depth discussion of how the American Presidents dealt with their power during the execution of the war they were involved in. These are: James Madison & the War of 1812; James Polk & the Mexican-American War; Abraham Lincoln & the Civil War; William McKin...
  • Stan  Prager
    Jan 30, 2019
    Review of: Presidents of War, by Michael Beschloss by Stan Prager (1-30-19) The Founders sought a separation of powers in war-making, as in so much else of consequence to the new Republic, so the Constitution mandated that only Congress may declare war, while assigning to the Pres...
  • J.J. Zerr
    Jan 16, 2019
    A lot of good history interspersed with snippets of aggravating Political Correctness. I read "Heirs of the Founders" and "On Desperate Ground" and this book one after the other. With all three, I felt I had a pretty solid picture, a more perfect picture, if you will, of the preside...
  • Argum
    Oct 04, 2018
    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 ...
  • Lorna
    Nov 04, 2018
    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 quite apparent in the his...
  • Aaron Million
    Apr 22, 2019
    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 quality. This is a very good book, and as usual with Beschloss, combines popular readability...
  • Ted Hunt
    Apr 17, 2019
    This is a very well researched and well written book that examines the conduct of war of most, but not all, of the nations "war presidents." It looks at Madison, Polk, Lincoln, McKinley, Wilson, FDR, and Lyndon Johnson, analyzing how each of these men brought the nation into war and ho...
  • Chris Jaffe
    Jan 03, 2019
    It's less than what I expected of it. This is pop history - which is fine. Pop histories are really good to read when done well. But this is done generically. Beschloss looks at how presidents have served as commanders-in-chief during times of war. He has two chapters per war: one c...
  • Anthony
    Dec 12, 2018
    This historical read, that took more than a decade to bring to publication due to extensive research covers the actions, reactions, quirks, shortcomings and personalities of the sitting, and incoming presidents who launched America into the wars of the nation. This book opens with Madi...
  • Phil
    Dec 01, 2018
    Beginning with Thomas Jefferson and the Chesapeake Incident of 1807, Beschloss takes his readers through a series of fascinating chapters on the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, both World Wars, Korea and Vietnam. The Persian Gulf War and the w...
  • Clay Davis
    Jan 09, 2019
    Liked the earlier wars that were researched than the later ones. The book needs a better cover. ...
  • Bill Zarges
    Nov 17, 2018
    Very good review of how Congress was relieved of its constitutional prerogative to declare war...... ...
  • Joseph Sciuto
    Nov 03, 2018
    Michael Beschloss' "Presidents of War" is an extraordinary work, so extraordinary that it should be required 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...
  • Peter
    Feb 02, 2019
    Michael Beschloss's Presidents of War addresses the exercise of presidential power in U. S. wars from 1812 to the present, underlining the way that presidents have left their personal morals aside and extended the war powers of the executive branch. It is a deeply researched and very r...
  • Donald Owens II
    Mar 13, 2019
    A thoughtful and sobering chronicle of the gradual increase of presidential power to unilaterally wage war and ignore the constitutional limits on authority. ...
  • Douglas
    Dec 31, 2018
    First, I'm not a historian, nor am I really a history buff. I do occasionally ready history books that catch my fancy and I will read almost anything if it's well written and Michael Beschloss is a very good writer. I decided to read this book because Mr. Beschloss appears often on MSN...
  • Dave Schoettinger
    Nov 03, 2018
    The author considers this book as being the history of American presidents using war to secure more power and independence of action at the expense of Congressional oversight; and it is that. However, as something of a history geek, I thought the best part of the book was the inclusion...
  • Joseph J.
    Dec 31, 2018
    I heard in an author interview- ten years in the making. I believe it. Thorough. Prodigiously researched. Extremely well written, as always with Beschloss (starting with his first- Kennedy and Roosevelt). Here is the story of our often luckless wartime Presidents, and while the towerin...
  • Doninaz
    Jan 15, 2019
    Author Beschloss explained that this book took him over ten years to write, because each of the eight president?s stories required the research of a complete book. (His sources included manuscripts, conversations, articles, hundreds of books, and visits to six presidential libraries....
  • Bill Lucey
    Feb 07, 2019
    Michael Beschloss's latest book, "Presidents of War'' and his careful examination of the different skill sets U.S. Presidents brought to the office, stretching back to James Madison, in time of war, couldn't come at a more critical time; especially with a Commander-in-Chief currently i...
  • Daniel Saab
    Apr 03, 2019
    I think this is an important read for anyone looking for an anchored perspective on our history with war and insight on the decisions made (in both good and bad faith). It's fascinating to put all the pieces together; I feel like a got a focused realignment of information I learned and...
  • Dr. Alan B. Albarran
    Feb 07, 2019
    During my lifetime the United States has been involved in a war somewhere around the world. No doubt, one of the toughest decisions a President has to make as the Commander-in-Chief is to engage in war with the enemy, and commit people and resources to the endeavor. Such is the backgro...
  • Matt Hooper
    Mar 16, 2019
    Donald Trump is not the first president to court controversy, skate along the fringes of the U.S. constitution, capriciously and vulgarly criticize both enemies and allies, actively seek to undermine the rights of American citizens, and otherwise make poor and uninformed decisions. In ...
  • David
    Nov 19, 2018
    Beschloss introduces us to the evolution of presidential power in wartime with novelistic flair. Long on narrative, but somewhat terse in analytical terms, "Presidents of War" offers a balanced perspective. He highlights strengths and weaknesses of several major wartime presidencies, i...
  • Charles
    Mar 26, 2019
    The Erosion of Constitutional Checks on Commitment to War Much has been written about how America?s wars have been conducted. Michael Beschloss has written a book about how America?s wars have started. When a king was unpopular, the framers of the Constitution observed, he w...
  • CDB81
    Oct 20, 2018
    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...