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
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Number of Pages:752 pages pages

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

  • Brian
    Dec 09, 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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Liked the earlier wars that were researched than the later ones. The book needs a better cover. ...

    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...

    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...

    Very good review of how Congress was relieved of its constitutional prerogative to declare war...... ...

    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...

    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....

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Linda
    Dec 04, 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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Liked the earlier wars that were researched than the later ones. The book needs a better cover. ...

    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...

    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...

    Very good review of how Congress was relieved of its constitutional prerogative to declare war...... ...

    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...

    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....

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    An excellent review of the decision making process of wartime presidents, and their reliance on support from Congress . It is especially relevant in the current political climate, in which Congress has ceded so much power to the executive branch. In the age of terrorist threats and the...

    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...

    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...

    A great book for lovers of American history. Lots of detail. Thorough analysis of the presidencies of Madison during the War of 1812, Polk during the Mexican-American war, McKinley during the Spanish-American war, Wilson during WWI, Roosevelt and Truman during WWII, Truman during Korea...

    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 ...

    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....

    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

    ?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...

    ?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...

  • Jason Robinson
    Dec 29, 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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Liked the earlier wars that were researched than the later ones. The book needs a better cover. ...

    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...

    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...

    Very good review of how Congress was relieved of its constitutional prerogative to declare war...... ...

    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...

    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....

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    An excellent review of the decision making process of wartime presidents, and their reliance on support from Congress . It is especially relevant in the current political climate, in which Congress has ceded so much power to the executive branch. In the age of terrorist threats and the...

    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...

    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...

    A great book for lovers of American history. Lots of detail. Thorough analysis of the presidencies of Madison during the War of 1812, Polk during the Mexican-American war, McKinley during the Spanish-American war, Wilson during WWI, Roosevelt and Truman during WWII, Truman during Korea...

  • Scott Martin
    Nov 22, 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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Liked the earlier wars that were researched than the later ones. The book needs a better cover. ...

    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...

    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...

    Very good review of how Congress was relieved of its constitutional prerogative to declare war...... ...

    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...

    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....

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    An excellent review of the decision making process of wartime presidents, and their reliance on support from Congress . It is especially relevant in the current political climate, in which Congress has ceded so much power to the executive branch. In the age of terrorist threats and the...

    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

    ?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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Liked the earlier wars that were researched than the later ones. The book needs a better cover. ...

    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...

  • Tom Blumer
    Dec 18, 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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Liked the earlier wars that were researched than the later ones. The book needs a better cover. ...

    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...

    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...

    Very good review of how Congress was relieved of its constitutional prerogative to declare war...... ...

    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...

    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....

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    An excellent review of the decision making process of wartime presidents, and their reliance on support from Congress . It is especially relevant in the current political climate, in which Congress has ceded so much power to the executive branch. In the age of terrorist threats and the...

    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...

    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...

    A great book for lovers of American history. Lots of detail. Thorough analysis of the presidencies of Madison during the War of 1812, Polk during the Mexican-American war, McKinley during the Spanish-American war, Wilson during WWI, Roosevelt and Truman during WWII, Truman during Korea...

    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 ...

    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....

    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...

    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...

    This is a long (700 pages) book. But I found it compelling. I actually learned more about the War of 1812 from this book than what I remembered from school. All of America's war presidents are highlighted. It is fascinating to see the similarities they all faced even though spread out ...

  • J.J. Zerr
    Jan 16, 2019

    ?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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Liked the earlier wars that were researched than the later ones. The book needs a better cover. ...

    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...

    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...

    Very good review of how Congress was relieved of its constitutional prerogative to declare war...... ...

    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...

    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....

    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...

    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

    ?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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    ?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...

    ?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...

    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...

  • Andy Fletcher
    Jan 15, 2019

    ?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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Liked the earlier wars that were researched than the later ones. The book needs a better cover. ...

    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...

    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...

    Very good review of how Congress was relieved of its constitutional prerogative to declare war...... ...

    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...

    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....

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    ?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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Liked the earlier wars that were researched than the later ones. The book needs a better cover. ...

    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...

    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...

    Very good review of how Congress was relieved of its constitutional prerogative to declare war...... ...

    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...

    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....

    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

    ?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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Liked the earlier wars that were researched than the later ones. The book needs a better cover. ...

    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...

    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...

    Very good review of how Congress was relieved of its constitutional prerogative to declare war...... ...

    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...

    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....

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    An excellent review of the decision making process of wartime presidents, and their reliance on support from Congress . It is especially relevant in the current political climate, in which Congress has ceded so much power to the executive branch. In the age of terrorist threats and the...

    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...

    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

    ?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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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

    ?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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Liked the earlier wars that were researched than the later ones. The book needs a better cover. ...

  • Bill Zarges
    Nov 17, 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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Liked the earlier wars that were researched than the later ones. The book needs a better cover. ...

    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...

    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...

    Very good review of how Congress was relieved of its constitutional prerogative to declare war...... ...

  • Joseph Sciuto
    Nov 03, 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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

  • Kathie
    Dec 21, 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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Liked the earlier wars that were researched than the later ones. The book needs a better cover. ...

    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...

    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...

    Very good review of how Congress was relieved of its constitutional prerogative to declare war...... ...

    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...

    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....

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Paul Manoguerra
    Nov 03, 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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Liked the earlier wars that were researched than the later ones. The book needs a better cover. ...

    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...

    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...

    Very good review of how Congress was relieved of its constitutional prerogative to declare war...... ...

    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...

    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....

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    An excellent review of the decision making process of wartime presidents, and their reliance on support from Congress . It is especially relevant in the current political climate, in which Congress has ceded so much power to the executive branch. In the age of terrorist threats and the...

    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...

    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...

    A great book for lovers of American history. Lots of detail. Thorough analysis of the presidencies of Madison during the War of 1812, Polk during the Mexican-American war, McKinley during the Spanish-American war, Wilson during WWI, Roosevelt and Truman during WWII, Truman during Korea...

    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 ...

  • Douglas
    Dec 31, 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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Liked the earlier wars that were researched than the later ones. The book needs a better cover. ...

    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...

    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...

    Very good review of how Congress was relieved of its constitutional prerogative to declare war...... ...

    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...

    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....

    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...

    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...

    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

    ?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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

  • Debra Jeakins
    Oct 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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Liked the earlier wars that were researched than the later ones. The book needs a better cover. ...

    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...

    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...

    Very good review of how Congress was relieved of its constitutional prerogative to declare war...... ...

    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...

    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....

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    ?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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Liked the earlier wars that were researched than the later ones. The book needs a better cover. ...

    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...

    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...

    Very good review of how Congress was relieved of its constitutional prerogative to declare war...... ...

    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...

    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....

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    ?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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Liked the earlier wars that were researched than the later ones. The book needs a better cover. ...

    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...

    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...

    Very good review of how Congress was relieved of its constitutional prerogative to declare war...... ...

    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...

    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....

  • John Munro
    Dec 24, 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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Liked the earlier wars that were researched than the later ones. The book needs a better cover. ...

    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...

    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...

    Very good review of how Congress was relieved of its constitutional prerogative to declare war...... ...

    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...

    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....

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    An excellent review of the decision making process of wartime presidents, and their reliance on support from Congress . It is especially relevant in the current political climate, in which Congress has ceded so much power to the executive branch. In the age of terrorist threats and the...

  • Seth
    Oct 25, 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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Liked the earlier wars that were researched than the later ones. The book needs a better cover. ...

    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...

    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...

    Very good review of how Congress was relieved of its constitutional prerogative to declare war...... ...

    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...

    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....

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    An excellent review of the decision making process of wartime presidents, and their reliance on support from Congress . It is especially relevant in the current political climate, in which Congress has ceded so much power to the executive branch. In the age of terrorist threats and the...

    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...

    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...

    A great book for lovers of American history. Lots of detail. Thorough analysis of the presidencies of Madison during the War of 1812, Polk during the Mexican-American war, McKinley during the Spanish-American war, Wilson during WWI, Roosevelt and Truman during WWII, Truman during Korea...

    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 ...

    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

    ?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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Liked the earlier wars that were researched than the later ones. The book needs a better cover. ...

    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...

    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

    ?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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Liked the earlier wars that were researched than the later ones. The book needs a better cover. ...

    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...

    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...

    Very good review of how Congress was relieved of its constitutional prerogative to declare war...... ...

    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...

    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....

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    An excellent review of the decision making process of wartime presidents, and their reliance on support from Congress . It is especially relevant in the current political climate, in which Congress has ceded so much power to the executive branch. In the age of terrorist threats and the...

    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...

    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...

    A great book for lovers of American history. Lots of detail. Thorough analysis of the presidencies of Madison during the War of 1812, Polk during the Mexican-American war, McKinley during the Spanish-American war, Wilson during WWI, Roosevelt and Truman during WWII, Truman during Korea...

    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 ...

    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....

    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...

    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...

  • CDB81
    Oct 20, 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...

    ?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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Liked the earlier wars that were researched than the later ones. The book needs a better cover. ...

    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...

    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...

    Very good review of how Congress was relieved of its constitutional prerogative to declare war...... ...

    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...