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Following World War II, Americans expected that the United States would wage another major war against a superpower. Instead, the nation has fought limited wars against much weaker states, such as North Korea, North Vietnam, and Iraq. This revised and updated edition of Presidential Decisions for War analyzes the means by which four presidents have taken the nation to war and assesses the effectiveness of each president's leadership during those conflicts.

Gary Hess recreates the unfolding crises in Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq to probe the reasons why Presidents Truman, Johnson, George H. W. Bush, and George W. Bush and their advisors decided in favor of war. He compares the performance of the commanders-in-chief and evaluates how effectively each understood U.S. interests, explored alternatives to war, adhered to constitutional processes, and built congressional, popular, and international support. A new conclusion points out, that unlike the administrations of Truman, Johnson, and the elder Bush, George W. Bush's White House actively sought to change the international order through preemptive war and aggressive democracy building.

Fully revised and featuring an examination of how each of the presidents learned from history and juggled the demands on diplomacy, this comparative study of presidential war-making elucidates how effective executive leadership — or its absence — directly affects the outcome of wars.

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Hess (history, Bowling Green State U.) examines the decision-making and leadership styles of four US presidents as connected to specific international crises and decisions to go to war. For each, he offers paired chapters that first lay out how events unfolded and then analyze the leadership style and strategy of the president in question. The chapters discuss Harry S. Truman and the Korean War, Lyndon B. Johnson and the Vietnam War, George H. W. Bush and the Persian Gulf War, and George W. Bush and the invasion and occupation of Iraq. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780801891236
Author:
Hess, Gary R.
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
Presidents
Subject:
History
Subject:
Intervention (International law)
Subject:
Truman, Harry S.
Subject:
United States - 20th Century (1945 to 2000)
Subject:
United States - 21st Century
Subject:
Government - Executive Branch
Subject:
US History - 20th Century
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
American Moment
Publication Date:
20090231
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
328
Dimensions:
9.00x6.00x1.00 in. 1.25 lbs.

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