American Caesars: Lives of the Presidents from Franklin D. Roosevelt to George W. Bush [NOOK Book]

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American Caesars takes a fresh look at the lives and careers of the twelve leaders of the American empire since World War II, from Franklin D. Roosevelt to George W. Bush. President by president, the noted biographer Nigel Hamilton strips away myths and wishful thinking to record our most recent presidents as they really were: leaders guiding the fortunes of an unruly empire, on a world stage. Hamilton relates and examines the presidents? unique characters, their paths to Pennsylvania Avenue, their ...

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Overview

American Caesars takes a fresh look at the lives and careers of the twelve leaders of the American empire since World War II, from Franklin D. Roosevelt to George W. Bush. President by president, the noted biographer Nigel Hamilton strips away myths and wishful thinking to record our most recent presidents as they really were: leaders guiding the fortunes of an unruly empire, on a world stage. Hamilton relates and examines the presidents’ unique characters, their paths to Pennsylvania Avenue, their effectiveness as global leaders, and their lessons in governance, both good and bad. With uncompromising candor he looks at how these powerful men responded to the challenges that defined their presidencies—FDR’s role as a war leader, Harry Truman’s decision to mount a Berlin Airlift rather than pursue military confrontation with the Soviets, Lyndon Johnson’s undertaking of controversial Civil Rights legislation and his disastrous war in Vietnam, Jimmy Carter’s handling of the Iran hostage crisis, George H. W. Bush’s effectiveness in guiding the world during the collapse of the Soviet Union, and his son’s fateful invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as other salient episodes in modern American history. In the Suetonian manner, Hamilton also looks at the presidents’ private lives—some noble, some flawed, some deeply moving.

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Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles Book Festival

Honorable Mention in the General Non-Fiction category of the 2010 Los Angeles Book Festival

— General Non-Fiction Honorable Mention

Los Angeles Book Festival - General Non-Fiction Honorable Mention

Honorable Mention in the General Non-Fiction category of the 2010 Los Angeles Book Festival
London Guardian

"A delight of a summer book: history for the beach, politics for the deckchair, and waspish entertainment come rain or shine."—London Guardian
Irish Times

"An outstanding book. . . . A commanding study on the nature of personal authority and the presidency."—Irish Times
Irish Independent

"Enthralling . . . [Hamilton] succeeds brilliantly, . . . offering bracingly clear, if necessarily digested, accounts of the main global events that occurred from the onset of World War Two to our own time."—Irish Independent
Herald Scotland

"Provocative, stimulating, infuriating, and readable history."—Herald Scotland
Literary Review

"An impressive gallop through eighty years of U.S. history."—Literary Review
Internet Review of Books

"Hamilton does a superb job of getting at [the presidents'] essences. . . . Anyone who enjoys reading history, and loves to look behind the curtain to see the wizards at work, will find this book well worth reading."—Internet Review of Books
Library Journal
It may seem like an impossible task to tackle the lives of 12 Presidents in one book, but Hamilton (senior fellow, McCormack Graduate Sch., Univ. of Massachusettes; JFK: Reckless Youth) makes an admirable attempt. Inspired by Suetonius's The Twelve Caesars, which profiled the first Roman emperors, he tells the story of 20th-century America by looking at its leaders. Each chapter is dedicated to one President and comprises three parts: "The Road to the White House," "The Presidency," and "Private Life." The result is a snapshot of each man's life, political challenges, major accomplishments, and historical legacy. By necessity, the book lacks a certain depth, offering instead highlights and critical moments that shaped each administration. Hamilton deliberately shines a light on his subjects' humanity and imperfections and is frank in his assessments. His admiration for FDR is evident, as is his disdain for George W. Bush. VERDICT Some readers may take issue with Hamilton's opinions about particular Presidents. But as a whole, this is an excellent overview with a novel approach to comparing and contrasting presidential policies and personalities over the past eight decades. Recommended for those interested in American history, current events, and politics.—Michele Martin, Sonoma Acad., Santa Rosa, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300171600
  • Publisher: \
  • Publication date: 9/7/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 753,241
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author


A distinguished biographer, Nigel Hamilton is senior fellow in the McCormack Graduate School, University of Massachusetts, Boston, and President of Biographers International Organization.
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Table of Contents

Preface vii

1 Franklin D. Roosevelt 1

2 Harry S. Truman 45

3 Dwight D. Eisenhower 87

4 John F. Kennedy 129

5 Lyndon B. Johnson 171

6 Richard Nixon 215

7 Gerald Ford 259

8 Jimmy Carter 301

9 Ronald Reagan 341

10 George H. W. Bush 389

11 Bill Clinton 433

12 George W. Bush 475

Acknowledgements 519

Select Bibliography 523

Notes 539

Picture Credits 565

Index 567

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  • Posted November 28, 2010

    must read

    i had a difficult time putting the book down! one caesar after another it got better. until W.

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