Presidential Decisions for War: Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, and Iraq

Presidential Decisions for War: Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, and Iraq

by Gary R. Hess
     
 

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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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

International History Review
Hess's writing is clear, each chapter is sharply focused, and his comparisons are deft, all of which we have a right to expect from an historian of his stature.

— Warren I. Cohen

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

— Dan Koprowski

Virginia Quarterly Review
This book admirably introduces an historical cross-analysis that allows some assessment of US leadership during these critical times.

International History Review - Warren I. Cohen
Hess's writing is clear, each chapter is sharply focused, and his comparisons are deft, all of which we have a right to expect from an historian of his stature.

Historian - Dan Koprowski
A solid work... Hess has packaged three historical vignettes in a thorough, concise, and readable primer on wartime presidential leadership.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801891236
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
02/10/2009
Series:
The American Moment
Edition description:
second edition
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Gary R. Hess is a Distinguished Research Professor of History at Bowling Green State University. His published works include The United States at War, 1941-1945; Vietnam and the United States: Origins and Legacy of War; The United States' Emergence as a Southeast Asia Power, 1940-1950; and America Encounters India, 1941-1947.

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