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The work concludes that the quality of presidential leadership directly affected the different outcomes of these three wars, each of which remains a topic of ongoing controversy among historians and the public.

Synopsis:

In 1950, Americans expected that the United States would wage another major war in the near future. Instead, over the course of the next half-century, they fought limited wars against minor powers: North Korea, North Vietnam, and Iraq. In Presidential Decisions for War, Gary R. Hess explores the ways in which Presidents Truman, Johnson, and Bush took America into these wars. He recreates the unfolding crises in Korea, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf, explaining why the presidents and their advisers concluded that the use of military power was ultimately necessary to uphold U.S. security. The decisions for war are then evaluated in terms of how effectively the president assessed U.S. interests, explored alternatives to war, adhered to constitutional processes, and built congressional, popular, and international support.

Once at war, each president as commander in chief faced the challenge of waging a limited war, which imposes restrictions on military operations and objectives and on the extent to which popular emotions can be aroused. After tracing how Truman, Johnson, and Bush responded to unfolding military developments, Hess evaluates the wartime leadership of each president in terms of his effectiveness in coordinating political and military objectives, managing civilian-military relations, communicating objectives and sustaining popular and congressional support, gaining and sustaining international backing, and responding to diplomatic initiatives and opportunities for peace.

Presidential Decisions for War concludes that the quality of presidential leadership directly affected the different outcomes of these three wars, each of which remains a topic of ongoing controversy among historians and the public.

Synopsis:

"A solid work... Hess has packaged three historical vignettes in a thorough, concise, and readable primer on wartime presidential leadership." — The Historian

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [231]-255) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780801865169
Subtitle:
Korea, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf
Author:
Hess, Gary R.
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Location:
Baltimore
Subject:
General
Subject:
Leadership
Subject:
Military Science
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
Presidents
Subject:
United States - 20th Century (1945 to present)
Subject:
Cold war
Subject:
Intervention.
Subject:
Political Process - Leadership
Subject:
United States - 20th Century (1945 to 2000)
Subject:
Truman, Harry S.
Subject:
Johnson, Lyndon B
Subject:
Government - Executive Branch
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
American Moment (Paperback)
Series Volume:
8
Publication Date:
March 2001
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
280
Dimensions:
7.98x5.98x.73 in. .91 lbs.

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Product details 280 pages Johns Hopkins University Press - English 9780801865169 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In 1950, Americans expected that the United States would wage another major war in the near future. Instead, over the course of the next half-century, they fought limited wars against minor powers: North Korea, North Vietnam, and Iraq. In Presidential Decisions for War, Gary R. Hess explores the ways in which Presidents Truman, Johnson, and Bush took America into these wars. He recreates the unfolding crises in Korea, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf, explaining why the presidents and their advisers concluded that the use of military power was ultimately necessary to uphold U.S. security. The decisions for war are then evaluated in terms of how effectively the president assessed U.S. interests, explored alternatives to war, adhered to constitutional processes, and built congressional, popular, and international support.

Once at war, each president as commander in chief faced the challenge of waging a limited war, which imposes restrictions on military operations and objectives and on the extent to which popular emotions can be aroused. After tracing how Truman, Johnson, and Bush responded to unfolding military developments, Hess evaluates the wartime leadership of each president in terms of his effectiveness in coordinating political and military objectives, managing civilian-military relations, communicating objectives and sustaining popular and congressional support, gaining and sustaining international backing, and responding to diplomatic initiatives and opportunities for peace.

Presidential Decisions for War concludes that the quality of presidential leadership directly affected the different outcomes of these three wars, each of which remains a topic of ongoing controversy among historians and the public.

"Synopsis" by , "A solid work... Hess has packaged three historical vignettes in a thorough, concise, and readable primer on wartime presidential leadership." — The Historian
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