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

  • Brian
    Dec 09, 2018
    I appreciated this book for all of the American history incorporated in the book, I definitely learned quite a bit. It is truly all inclusive, beginning with the War of 1812, the U.S. war with Mexico (during which we acquired so much of what is now the western states, the Civil War, th...
  • 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...
  • Mike  Davis
    Feb 14, 2019
    Beschloss is a well-known and respected authority on the history of American presidents. This is a big book that is heavily documented although the main documentation is in the back and not indexed in the reading text. It gives a great deal of insight into the political climate in whic...
  • 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...
  • Casey Wheeler
    Feb 18, 2019
    I have read a number of the author's books and I have found them to be informative and interesting. This book is well researched and written. The author's writing style makes this an an engaging read instead of a dry recitation of history. It covers the how the following presidents too...
  • Andy Fletcher
    Jan 15, 2019
    I follow Michael Beschloss on Twitter. He is one of my favorite accounts and I love the history portrayed through all of his great photos that he shares. What a great book! What a great historian. If I learned anything from reading this one, it's that there is truly "nothing new un...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Kathie
    Dec 21, 2018
    Not always easy to understand, but worth the trouble. Fascinating to see how presidents have handled war in their time. Not always morally, sometimes with great pain, and often without discussing with Congress or the people most impacted by their decisions. I also learned a lot just ab...
  • 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...
  • Andrew
    Feb 10, 2019
    Regardless of one?s views regarding the wars of America and the Presidents that led them, this book was very well executed. From the War of 1812 to the present, Michael Beschloss effectively educates while bridging each point of history in to the next to provide context. I realized h...
  • Marklutherlawoffice
    Jan 29, 2019
    Excellent and so interesting.Imagine James Madison fleeing all alone on horseback when the British burned the capital in the War of 1812 (That would never happen with Trump I thought while reading this). This book is excellently written, full of interesting facts about our Presiden...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...