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War and the American Presidency par [Schlesinger, Arthur Meier]
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"Historical reflections that deftly challenge the political and ideological foundations of President Bush's foreign policy."--Charles A. Kupchan, New York Times

In a book that brings a magisterial command of history to the most urgent of contemporary questions, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., explores the war in Iraq, the presidency, and the future of democracy. Describing unilateralism as "the oldest doctrine in American history," Schlesinger nevertheless warns of the dangers posed by the fatal turn in U.S. policy from deterrence and containment to preventive war. He writes powerfully about George W. Bush's expansion of presidential power, reminding us nevertheless of our country's distinguished legacy of patriotism through dissent in wartime. And in a new chapter written especially for the paperback edition, he examines the historical role of religion in American politics as a background for an assessment of Bush's faith-based presidency.

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Mouais... Point de vue bien fondé, cependant il manque une bibliographie, les sources des citations, tout est fait sans références, un peu léger pour du sérieux.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Pragmatic history of presidency in war, democracy and religion 15 avril 2016
Par Gderf - Publié sur
Format: Broché
This is mainly a polemic opposing the Bush imperial presidency as being among the most dangerous administrations that purport to carry out the will of the almighty. The Bush administration's faith based foreign policy features aggression under the pretext of preventative war and domestic policy dominated by the religious right. Schlesinger claims that Truman, Eisenhower and Kennedy proved that a preventative war is impossible. Even though the Munich accord famously went against evidence, appeasement has worked more often than not. Bush, requiring nuclear capability, has initiated a fundamental change in the more pragmatic and effective Reagan doctrine although admitting that presidents as far back as Jefferson evoked emergency powers bypassing Congress. Even without describing Islamic provocation, Schlesinger makes a convincing case that the war in Iraq is the wrong response. The book is too early (2004) to observe Obama continuing war policy in exactly the same manner as Bush albeit with different motivation.

Assertive nationalists Cheney and Rumsfeld pompously and inaccurately recite “we do know with certainty” and other phrases. Nowadays, in similar vein we hear “let me be clear” and “make no mistake.” Schlesinger rails against AG Ashcroft as a religious zealot. He thinks that the two party system is a source of stability. (Dictatorship is generally more stable.) Democracy requires capitalism not vice versa. History is enjoyable not utilitarian. In spite of the evangelical movement increasing under Wilson, Carter and Clinton concludes by claiming the GOP to be becoming a party of theocracy, saying that Mencken would be incredulous and W.J. Bryan exultant. He's got it right for the wrong reasons. It's Bryan's populist economics that are in full sway in today's USA.
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Good history,but boring. 17 février 2008
Par J.L. Populist - Publié sur
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Mr. Schlesinger's book is good in some regards. But I have to agree with an earlier reviewer about the rambling on at the end of the book.

The best aspect of the book is the history of American presidents and the process of engaging in war. An example being Truman setting the precedent of "the president possessing the inherent power to go to war."

The author effectively explains the differences between preventive and pre-emptive war.

The history of close presidential elections was used as a segue to the electoral college topic.
His chapter on the electoral college was very good! He detailed the history of and changes made to the electoral college. The "national bonus plan" is intriguing and a possible solution to the anomoly of a candidate winning the popular vote while losing the presidency due to different results from the electoral college.

This book was good on some level,but had some boring areas that left me disappointed overall.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Hobo Philosopher 27 décembre 2010
Par Richard E. Noble - Publié sur
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War and the American Presidency

By Arthur M. Schlesinger

Book Review

By Richard E. Noble

Well, I guess I will have to start reading more Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. I enjoyed reading this book. I had forgotten how good he was.

This work was not exactly what I would call a history book and not really a political book either. But it was filled with both. It was more of a conversational book with an historian about today's politics and guess-timations for the future. He is very blunt and outspoken. You may not agree with the author but he certainly doesn't seem to be hiding anything.

After reading this thin book of slightly more than 150 pages, I have no doubt from where this man is coming. He is a Democrat; he accepts globalism and the necessity for world trade; he is against unilateralism; he is not an isolationist; he is a capitalist with provisions; he questions laissez-faire and free trade; he supports world cooperation, the UN etc.; he is an anti-Marxist or anti-Communist; he is anti-Bush and the Bush Doctrine of preventive war; he supports diplomacy and is more of a dove than a hawk; he is an establishment type more than any rebel and he thinks nationalism is dead but will linger on nevertheless in the hearts and minds of the unsophisticated. On this last point, I certainly hope that he is wrong. Without a strong revival of nationalism, I doubt that America will ever be what it has been and what I think it should be.

He gives simple to-the-point explanations of complicated issues. He has a very good writing style; easily understood even to the average reader. I have several of his other books out in my library. I will have to get to them.

I read this book in a day or two and I have it filled with highlights. I feel that there is much that I don't agree with in what he has to say. But there is more than enough that I do agree with to peak further curiosity. He is knowledgeable and smart and he backs up what he has to say with historical insights.

His evaluation of pre-emptive war and the Bush legacy, Bush Doctrine of the preventive war, is right on. As the author points out pre-emptive war is legal and preventive war is illegal. He has nothing flattering to say about Bush, Cheney or Rumsfeld.

I really didn't think that president Bush had established a Doctrine. I was hoping it would be considered more of an aberration. But it is what it is and I hope it will go away. At the moment it appears to be advancing under the present Democratic administration.

I found the book to be refreshing, informative, authoritative, historical and opinionated. I couldn't put it down.

In this short 150 pages the author covers everything from George Washington and the Revolution to the present war in Iraq. He hits on Wilson and Truman, World War I and Korea. We stumble around with Munich and World War II and the battle between the peaceniks and the war-mongers in various wars throughout American history.

It is a wonderful synopsis of the presidency, where it has been and where it is heading.

Mr. Schlesinger doesn't mess with the small stuff. He crams bunches of big stuff into this tiny volume. A great read.

Richard Edward Noble - The Hobo Philosopher - Author of:

"America on Strike" American Labor - History
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 What We Needed to Know in 2002. 17 novembre 2006
Par Edwin C. Pauzer - Publié sur
Format: Relié
"In 1998, Donald Rumsfeld, [Paul] Wolfowitz, [Richard] Perle were among the eighteen signers of an open letter to President Clinton arguing that regime change in Iraq 'needs to become the aim of American foreign policy'." This quote from world-respected author and one-man political think tank, Arthur Schesinger shows that these individuals were looking for an excuse that 9/11 gave them, to invade Iraq. They began beating the tocsins of war shortly after to create their vision of a middle eastern democracy under a pax americana.

Arthur Schlesinger points out in detail how the Bush administration pressured the CIA for raw intelligence from which they would make an interpretation, how the reasons for invading Iraq kept changing, and how the White House kept contradicting previous statements. The reader can only come to the conclusion that the Bush Doctrine is an utter failure, the invasion of Iraq was not to fight terrorism but to satisfy a right-wing vision, that we were lied to about an association between Saddam Hussein and Osama bin-Laden, that we lied to about WMD. Even after this collaboration and weapons failed to materialize, Schlesinger states "the Bush administration is left with liberation, which it had once deemed an insufficient justification for putting American lives at risk."

I found the first three chapters captivating, but I gave this four stars because of a need to keep a dictionary by my side. The author's vocabulary far exceeds mine, and those of fewer words may find this annoying or challenging. I was also annoyed by the author's use of French without translation: "Nous Sommes Tous Americains." (We are all Americans.) In some places, I had to stop and absorb his insight--a more worthwhile pursuit.

But, if you are looking for a powerful and persuasive argument against our government and its actions, Arthur Schlesinger gives it to you. Read it, and soak it up. Finally, remember the words of George Bush:

"There was no viable exit strategy....Going in and occupying Iraq, thus unilaterally exceeding the United Nations mandate, would have destroyed the precedent of international response to aggression that we hoped to establish."

That was from George Herbert Walker Bush (41)!
1.0 étoiles sur 5 Electoral college is all? 19 janvier 2011
Par BP - Publié sur
Format: Broché
This book is a great window into the mind of the old guard. That the electoral college is given so much ink is really telling. It is good to know how it all works. And doesn't work. The precedence of the electoral college and what it says about the Founders' intent for our real rights for representative government and self-determination in the US may be the inside joke that's being used against all of us by the SCOTUS judges. The rulings of the the last decades clearly arrive at a lopsided access to democracy and equal protection of rights, including property, for 98% of us!

After reading other books like Kim Philips-Fein "Invisible Hands", Naomi Wolf "The End of America", Rick Shenkman "Just how stupid are we?", Chris Hedges "American Fascists", Russ Baker "Family of Secrets", etc., it is hard to see much depth about what is really happening to us covered in this book.

The remarks he makes about Hitler and Mussolini being the result of revolution in Germany and Italy really misreads that important part of history. He doesn't mention at all the reactionary movement in Germany that arose under the Prussian Monarchs to thwart the German people's attempt at an Enlightened Revolution of 1848, which persisted for 100 years until the post-war constitution! That Prussian reactionary force in charge of their Prussian "military industrial miracle" ultimately culminated in their Great War which destroyed the German Middle Class due to war debts, currency crisis, and dismembered economy, once, and then took them again to a second war under Hitler. To suggest that Hitler was the result of revolution is missing the whole point of that history. Hitler came to power because Prussian military industrialists and their bankers did not like the middle class agitating for trade unions and more democracy as was the case everywhere in the developed world in the 1920-1930s. Hitler was the reactionaries' candidate in response to the people wanting more rights and representation.

It is clear that German history is not important enough for a US intellectual to understand that he can make such gross and misleading generalizations about it to serve a point he wants to make. I cannot speak about the rise of Mussolini too much but what I have read in a biography is similar about the business sector wanting him to shut down trade unionists. Also, even the poverty in which Mussolini was raised and the troubles his mother had to get him educated.

It is doubly disheartening that someone so esteemed as Schlesinger cannot see the destruction being now wrought on us by the same reactionary forces openly warring against the Middle Class by targeting the New Deal through cultural institutions like education, media, SCOTUS, etc. and the stability and resiliency of the economy and our asset values.

Know history or relive it! Know other people's history or relive it! Plus ca change!
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