Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders & How They Changed America 1789-1989
With surprising new sources and a dazzling command of history and human character, Beschloss brings to life these flawed,...more
The chapters about George Washington are great. The one little tidbit about Marth...more
The writing style is annoying and a huge detriment to the material. He almost writes as if he's tweeting.
Every sentence seems to be a new paragraph.
And they're not always connected in a logical way.
For better presidential writing, turn to Gibbs and Duffy in The Presidents Club.
The book covers historical decisions made by nine American presidents - Washington, Adams, Jackson, Lincoln, T.R. Roosevelt, F.D. Roosevelt, Truman, Ken...more
I really liked this book. It makes me eager to read more books by Mr. Beschloss.
I'll admit my knowledge of American history is pretty much the sanitized school room version. The earliest presidents and to some extend even the more recent ones seem more like two dimensional characters instead of real people. So it was fascinating to read the details of how these presidents came to decisions that were difficult to make and sometimes contrary to their own previous beliefs.
I always thought our fo...more
Beschloss looks at a series of unpopular presidential decisions that made the U.S. stronger despite their controversy. To the average reader, some examples will be well known, such as emancipation under Lincoln, or obscure, like Jackson's opposition to the Bank of the United States.
This readable book can be a very nice follow-up to your average high school American history course, going deeper into controversial issues that are...more
Despite his venerated status, Washington was in danger...more
The asterisked asides were not germaine and therefore served only to distract, an...more
Over the past two decades, Michael Beschloss has become one of our most popular and prolific historians, recognizable from his many television appearances and bankable in the mold of David McCullough, Stephen Ambrose, Douglas Brinkley, and Doris Kearns Goodwin. Previous books include Taking Charge (1997), an examination of LBJ's White House tapes, and The Conquerors: Roosevelt, Truman and the Destruction of Hitler's Germany (2002). Critics are not as kind to Presidential Courage as to the author...more
Not particularly well written, but each segment is short, can be read quickly, and very informative so i...more
And it kinda did.
Beschloss writes in a smooth narrative style peppered with direct quotes from primary sources, which made for a very good, entertaining read. By focusing on specific events in specific presidencies (Jay's Treaty for Washington, the 1940 election for FDR, desegregation of higher education for JFK, among others), he tells definite stories to illustrate Presidents that risked their caree...more