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The Resource Elusive victories : the American presidency at war, Andrew J. Polsky

Elusive victories : the American presidency at war, Andrew J. Polsky

Label
Elusive victories : the American presidency at war
Title
Elusive victories
Title remainder
the American presidency at war
Statement of responsibility
Andrew J. Polsky
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "On April 4, 1864, Abraham Lincoln made a shocking admission about his presidency during the Civil War. "I claim not to have controlled events," he wrote in a letter, "but confess plainly that events have controlled me." Lincoln's words carry an invaluable lesson for wartime presidents, writes Andrew J. Polsky in this seminal book. As Polsky shows, when commanders-in-chief do try to control wartime events, more often than not they fail utterly
  • In Elusive Victories, Polsky provides a fascinating study of six wartime presidents, drawing larger lessons about the limits of the power of the White House during armed conflict. He examines, in turn, Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, showing how each gravely overestimated his power as commander-in-chief. In each case, these presidents' resources did not match the key challenges that recur from war to war. Both Lincoln and Johnson intervened in military operations, giving orders to specific units; yet both struggled with the rising unpopularity of their conflicts. Both Wilson and Bush entered hostilities with idealistic agendas for the aftermath, yet found themselves helpless to enact them. With insight and clarity, Polsky identifies overarching issues that will inform current and future policymakers. The single most important dynamic, he writes, is the erosion of a president's freedom of action. Each decision propels him down a path from which he cannot turn back. When George W. Bush rejected the idea of invading Iraq with 400,000 troops, he could not send such a force two years later as the insurgency spread. In the final chapter, Polsky examines Barack Obama's options in light of these conclusions, and considers how the experiences of the past might inform the world we face now."--Pub. desc
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Polsky, Andrew Joseph
Dewey number
352.23/5
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
JK558
LC item number
.P65 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • USA; Präsident
  • Presidents
  • War and emergency powers
  • War and emergency powers
  • Presidents
  • War and emergency powers
  • United States
  • Krieg
  • Presidentes
  • Poderes de emergencia
  • Poderes de emergencia
Label
Elusive victories : the American presidency at war, Andrew J. Polsky
Link
http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=37003
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 369-426) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Lincoln casts a shadow -- A war to transform the world: Woodrow Wilson -- Freedom of action: Franklin Roosevelt -- Staying the course: Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon -- The perils of optimism: George W. Bush -- Inheriting a bad hand: Barack Obama -- Conclusion: past and future
Control code
ocn757485728
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
vii, 445 pages, [12] pages of plates
Isbn
9780199860937
Lccn
2011041946
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780199860937
  • (OCoLC)757485728
Label
Elusive victories : the American presidency at war, Andrew J. Polsky
Link
http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=37003
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 369-426) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Lincoln casts a shadow -- A war to transform the world: Woodrow Wilson -- Freedom of action: Franklin Roosevelt -- Staying the course: Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon -- The perils of optimism: George W. Bush -- Inheriting a bad hand: Barack Obama -- Conclusion: past and future
Control code
ocn757485728
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
vii, 445 pages, [12] pages of plates
Isbn
9780199860937
Lccn
2011041946
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780199860937
  • (OCoLC)757485728

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