Presidential Courage

  • by Michael Beschloss
  • Narrated by Michael Beschloss
  • 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Michael Beschloss' dramatic and inspiring saga explores crucial times when courageous presidents changed the history of the United States. With surprising new sources and a dazzling command of history and human character, Beschloss brings these flawed, complex men and their wives, families, friends, and foes to life as if in a gripping novel. Never have we had a more intimate, behind-the-scenes view of presidents coping with the supreme dilemmas of their lives. In Presidential Courage you will witness 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, "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; and the crushing ordeals faced by Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan. As Beschloss shows, none of these presidents was eager to incur ridicule, vilification, or threats of political destruction and even assassination. But in the end, each ultimately proved himself to be, in Andrew Jackson's words, "born for the storm".


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The writing is choppy. The reading uninspired.
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- Donna

Incredibly Relevant to our times!

Michael Beschloss examines key, historic moments in the lives of George Washington, John Adams, Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, TR Roosevelt, FD Roosevelt, H. Truman, JFK, and Ronald Reagan when these men made courageous decisions, in spite of the political or personal risks, that were in the best interest of our country and world. These historic accounts reveal the strong character, and the human side, of these men in the face of the challenges presidents face. Interestingly, the challenges that these men faced, both in the domestic and foreign arenas (including polarized congresses and electorates), seem quite relevant. This book is a must read for politicians, as well as others who are interested in learning about how presidential decisions have influenced the course of American history. My only complaint is that this recording is abridged.
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- LM in Alabama

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-23-2007
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio