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Elusive Victories The American Presidency at War

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ISBN-10: 0199860939

ISBN-13: 9780199860937

Edition: 2012

Authors: Andrew J. Polsky

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On April 4, 1864, Abraham Lincoln made a shocking admission about his presidency during the Civil War. "I claim not to have controlled events," he wrote in a letter, "but confess plainly that events have controlled me." Lincoln's words carry an invaluable lesson for wartime presidents, writes Andrew J. Polsky in this seminal book. As Polsky shows, when commanders-in-chiefdotry to control wartime events, more often than not they fail utterly.InElusive Victories, Polsky provides a fascinating study of six wartime presidents, drawing larger lessons about the limits of the power of the White House during armed conflict. He examines, in turn, Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt,…    
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Book details

List price: $31.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/30/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 416
Size: 6.22" wide x 9.49" long x 1.42" tall
Weight: 1.606
Language: English

Introduction
Lincoln's Shadow
Waging War to Transform the World
Freedom of Action
Staying the Course
The Perils of Optimism
Inheriting a Bad Hand
Conclusion: Past and Future
Afterword
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index