Presidential Courage

Brave Leaders and How They Changed America 1789-1989
Simon + Schuster Inc. (Verlag)
  • erschienen am 8. Mai 2007
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  • 400 Seiten
978-1-4165-3982-7 (ISBN)

Michael Beschloss has brought us a brilliantly readable and inspiring saga about crucial times in America's history when a courageous President dramatically changed the future of the United States.

With surprising new sources and a dazzling command of history and human character, Beschloss brings to life these flawed, complex men -- and their wives, families, friends and foes. Never have we had a more intimate, behind-the-scenes view of Presidents coping with the supreme dilemmas of their lives.

You will be in the room with the private George Washington, braving threats of impeachment and assassination to make peace with England. John Adams, incurring his party's "unrelenting hatred" by refusing to fight France and warning his enemies, "Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war." Andrew Jackson, in a death struggle against the corrupt Bank of the United States. Abraham Lincoln, risking his Presidency to insist that slaves be freed.

Beschloss also shows us Theodore Roosevelt, taunting J. P. Morgan and the Wall Street leaders who dominated his party. Franklin Roosevelt, defying the isolationists -- and maybe the law -- to stop Adolf Hitler. Harry Truman, risking a walkout by top officials to recognize a Jewish state. John Kennedy, the belated champion of civil rights, complaining that he has cost himself a second term. And finally, two hundred years after Washington, Ronald Reagan, irking some of his oldest backers to seek an end to the Cold War.

As Beschloss shows in this gripping and important book, none of these Presidents was eager to incur ridicule, vilification or threats of political destruction and even assassination. But in the end, bolstered by friends and family, hidden private beliefs and, sometimes, religious faith, each ultimately proved himself to be, in Andrew Jackson's words, "born for the storm."

  • Englisch
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  • USA
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  • 42,50 MB
978-1-4165-3982-7 (9781416539827)
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Michael Beschloss


Chapter One

a speedy death to general washington!

Chapter Two

kick this treaty to hell!

Chapter Three

the damnedest liar

Chapter Four

he may retire with undiminish'd glory

Chapter Five

rivalries irritated to madness

Chapter Six

oh, that i was a soldier!

Chapter Seven

rocks and quicksands on all sides

Chapter Eight

the most splendid diamond in my crown

Chapter Nine

i will kill it!

Chapter Ten

not a man to be forced

Chapter Eleven

i was born for the storm

Chapter Twelve

who would have had the courage?

Chapter Thirteen

i am going to be beaten

Chapter Fourteen

too angelic for this devilish rebellion

Chapter Fifteen

a well-meaning baboon

Chapter Sixteen

the country will be saved

Chapter Seventeen

i see dynamite

Chapter Eighteen

black storm

Chapter Nineteen

a rough-and-tumble man

Chapter Twenty

i upset them all

Chapter Twenty-one

we must protect the chief!

Chapter Twenty-two

gloom personified

Chapter Twenty-three

salute your caesar?

Chapter Twenty-four

we have avoided a putsch

Chapter Twenty-five

no people except the hebrews

Chapter Twenty-six

the right place at the right time

Chapter Twenty-seven

how could this have happened?

Chapter Twenty-eight

i am cyrus!

Chapter Twenty-nine

they never show their passion

Chapter Thirty

go get him, johnny boy!

Chapter Thirty-one

it's going to be a civil war

Chapter Thirty-two

a man has to take a stand

Chapter Thirty-three

we win and they lose!

Chapter Thirty-four

it left me greatly depressed

Chapter Thirty-five

don't worry that i've lost my bearings

Chapter Thirty-six

a miracle has taken place

Epiloguepresidential courage





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