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

  • Linda
    Dec 04, 2018
    Well researched and detailed accounting of numerous presidents of the United States under incredibly taxing situations. Beschloss includes information from letters of the presidents or various other participants that helped make decisions about the country's circumstances. There are si...
  • 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...
  • Scott Martin
    Nov 22, 2018
    A good read that spans the terms of 8 presidents who lead the country during times of war, or near times of war (as was the case with Jefferson). Overall, this book discusses how each man approached military conflicts, and how they all managed to make their decisions. In most cases, th...
  • 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...
  • Jim Ogle
    Oct 21, 2018
    This is an exceptional book by an exceptional historian. ...
  • Steve
    Oct 17, 2018
    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. ...
  • John
    Dec 06, 2018
    I agree with reviewers who were disappointed that the author glossed over Truman with WWII and Nixon with Vietnam - a longer book would have been better. Other than that I got nothing to complain about. ...
  • J.T.
    Nov 11, 2018
    Excellent. Never read any Beschloss before, but after this it is safe to say I will. ...
  • Gini
    Dec 02, 2018
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I expected to like the chapters on Lincoln and Madison the best, but found the ones on Polk, McKinley, Wilson and Johnson fascinating. A lot of information I didn't know and I felt the author was very even handed. ...
  • 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 ...
  • Tom
    Nov 26, 2018
    Not impressed with this book. To me the author only does a cursory analysis of the various presidents. ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Paul Manoguerra
    Nov 03, 2018
    Interesting tact to presenting the history of the United States: evaluating war, Presidents, the roles of Congress and the Constitution, and levels of truthful communication of goals. Key section for this week: ?James Madison and his contemporaries...hoped that all future Presidents ...
  • 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...
  • ALONZO WIND
    Dec 04, 2018
    Interesting focus Great and detailed review of the impact.of war and expansionism in the history of the USA. Some fascinating anecdotes that were quite new to me - many offered almost casually. ...
  • Debra Jeakins
    Oct 10, 2018
    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 flee...
  • Sophia Nikolayev
    Nov 06, 2018
    dope ...
  • Robin Case
    Oct 28, 2018
    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. ...
  • David Britten
    Dec 08, 2018
    One of the most revealing works about the effect war has had on developing an imperial presidency throughout our nation?s history. It gives me pause to think what might happen in Trump?s final two years. ...
  • Karen Roth
    Nov 03, 2018
    In depth time that brings to like and humanism these war Presidents back to the beginning of this great Republic. ...
  • Matthew
    Nov 15, 2018
    Wonderfully informative book that reads like a taut political thriller. Granted it seems long, but when you remember that each chapter could have essentially been it's own book -- it's quite a thrifty read! Highly enjoyed it, highly recommend it! ...
  • Seth
    Oct 25, 2018
    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....
  • 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...
  • Lawrence Grey
    Nov 20, 2018
    A very detailed history lesson covering all our Presidents who have been involved with war. Interesting that difficult and troubling events have been taking place since the beginning of our country! A lot of facts that I was not aware of. We watch Michael Beschloss on MSNBC and CNN all...
  • Brian Donovan
    Nov 30, 2018
    It was a great book with a lot of good details about each President and each war. Great read ...
  • 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...