Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America 1789-1989

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Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America 1789-1989

Format:  Paperback,

430 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publish Date: Feb 2008

ISBN-13: 9780743257442

ISBN-10: 0743257448

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"Presidential Courage" is a brilliantly readable and inspiring saga about crucial times in American history when a courageous President dramatically changed our future. Like Beschloss's previous book, "The Conquerors," it was a "New York Times" bestseller for months.
With surprising new sources and a dazzling command of history and human character, Beschloss brings to life those flawed, complex men -- and their wives, families, friends and foes. Never have we had a more intimate, behind-the-scenes view of Presidents coping with the supreme dilemmas of their lives. For Americans who must choose Presidents and assess them once they are elected, "Presidential Courage" sets a lasting standard by showing us the best in Presidential leadership.

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Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: Feb 2008
ISBN-13: 9780743257442
ISBN-10: 0743257448
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 430
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.16
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.0 x 9.25 x 1.0

Chapter outline

Prefacep. xi
A Speedy Death to General Washington!p. 1
Kick This Treaty to Hell!p. 10
The Damnedest Liarp. 18
He May Retire with Undiminish'd Gloryp. 25
Rivalries Irritated to Madnessp. 34
Oh, That i was a Soldier!p. 39
Rocks and Quicksands on All Sidesp. 47
The Most Splendid Diamond in My Crownp. 57
I will Kill it!p. 65
Not a Man to be Forcedp. 71
I was born for the Stormp. 77
Who Would Have had the Courage?p. 86
I am going to be Beatenp. 96
Too Angelic for this Devilish Rebellionp. 103
A Well-Meaning Baboonp. 113
The Country will be Savedp. 119
I see Dynamitep. 127
Black Stormp. 136
A Rough-and-Tumble Manp. 143
I Upset Them Allp. 150
We Must Protect the Chief!p. 157
Gloom Personifiedp. 166
Salute Your Caesar?p. 172
We have Avoided a Putschp. 182
No People Except the Hebrewsp. 196
The Right Place at the Right Timep. 204
How Could This Have Happened?p. 211
I am Cyrus!p. 221
They Never Show their Passionp. 235
Go get Him, Johnny Boy!p. 244
It's going to be a Civil Warp. 259
A Man has to Take a Standp. 272
We Win and they Lose!p. 280
It Left me Greatly Depressedp. 289
Don't Worry that I've Lost my Bearingsp. 302
A Miracle has Taken Placep. 313
Epilogue: Presidential Couragep. 327
Notesp. 331
Sourcesp. 387
Acknowledgmentsp. 409
Indexp. 411

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2007-04-01)

As the field of 2008 presidential candidates expands, there is much discussion about their leadership credentials. This timely book provides historical examples of presidential leadership in the face of adversity as well as raises the stakes for today's candidates by implicitly suggesting criteria against which each may be judged. Beschloss (The Conquerors), a popular historian and TV commentator, offers nine vignettes, each about a critical problem facing the nation, and how the president prevailed over this adversity.

While one may quibble with the choice of presidents-Washington, John Adams, Jackson, Lincoln, Teddy and Franklin Roosevelt, Truman, JFK, and Reagan-there is no denying that the challenge each faced was difficult, if not perilous. From Washington's battle to have the Jay Treaty accepted, Lincoln's fight for the emancipation of slaves, Truman's efforts for U.S. recognition of the state of Israel, to Reagan's struggle to normalize relations with the crumbling Soviet regime, each story demonstrates that successful presidential leadership requires conviction about one's values and a willingness to sacrifice one's political career to succeed. Reminiscent of JFK's Profiles in Courage, this well-written, carefully researched work deserves a wide audience. Recommended for all libraries.

[See Prepub Alert, LJ 1/07.] - Thomas J. Baldino, Wilkes Univ., Wilkes-Barre, PA

(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Presidential Courage is a brilliantly readable and inspiring saga about crucial times in American history when a courageous President dramatically changed our future. Like Beschloss's previous book, The Conquerors, it was a New York Times bestseller for months.

With surprising new sources and a dazzling command of history and human character, Beschloss brings to life those flawed, complex men -- and their wives, families, friends and foes. Never have we had a more intimate, behind-the-scenes view of Presidents coping with the supreme dilemmas of their lives. For Americans who must choose Presidents and assess them once they are elected, Presidential Courage sets a lasting standard by showing us the best in Presidential leadership.

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