. A lively, lucid, and opinionated history” Kirkus Reviews, starred review. Stanton was a Democrat before the war and a prominent trial lawyer. He directed military movements. Stanton was so controversial that some accused him at that time of complicity in Lincoln’s assassination. This exhaustively researched, well-paced book should take its place as the new, standard biography of the ill-tempered man who helped to save the Union.
Stanton: Lincoln's War Secretary - He served briefly as president Buchanan’s Attorney General and then as Lincoln’s aggressive Secretary of War. It is fair, judicious, authoritative, and comprehensive” The Wall Street Journal. Of the crucial men close to president Lincoln, Secretary of War Edwin Stanton 1814–1869 was the most powerful and controversial.
He arrested and imprisoned thousands for “war crimes, ” such as resisting the draft or calling for an armistice. On the night of april 14, 1865, stanton rushed to Lincoln’s deathbed and took over the government since Secretary of State William Seward had been critically wounded the same evening.
Seward: Lincoln's Indispensable ManSimon & Schuster - Some of lincoln’s critics even saw seward, erroneously, as the power behind the throne; this is why John Wilkes Booth and his colleagues attempted to kill Seward as well as Lincoln. William henry seward was one of the most important Americans of the nineteenth century. Drawing on hundreds of sources not available to or neglected by previous biographers, Walter Stahr sheds new light on this complex and central figure, as well as on pivotal events of the Civil War and its aftermath.
Progressive governor of New York and outspoken U. S. Most nights this well-known raconteur with unruly hair and untidy clothes would gather diplomats, a drink, politicians, soldiers, or actors around his table to enjoy a cigar, and a good story. Senator, he was the odds-on favorite to win the 1860 Republican nomination for president.
Seward: Lincoln's Indispensable Man - Through his purchase of alaska “seward’s folly”, and his groundwork for the purchase of the Canal Zone and other territory, Seward set America on course to become a world empire. Seward survived the assassin’s attack, and emerged as a staunch supporter of President Andrew Johnson, continued as secretary of state, Lincoln’s controversial successor.
As secretary of state and lincoln’s closest adviser during the Civil War, political, Seward not only managed foreign affairs but had a substantial role in military, and personnel matters. Seward was not only important, he was fascinating. From one of our most acclaimed new biographers– the first full life of the leader of Lincoln’s “team of rivals” to appear in more than forty years.
John Jay: Founding FatherDiversion Books - Riveting on the matter of negotiating tactics, as practiced by Adams, Jay and Franklin. The economist “stahr has not only given us a meticulous study of the life of John Jay, but one very much in the spirit of the man . . . From the new york times–bestselling author of Seward and Stanton, the definitive biography of John Jay: “Wonderful” Walter Isaacson.
Let us hope that this book helps to retrieve Jay from the relative obscurity to which he has been unfairly consigned. Ron chernow, author of Alexander Hamilton . John jay was central to the early history of the American Republic. Since the last biography of jay appeared 60 years ago, a mountain of new knowledge about the early nation has piled up, and Stahr uses it all with confidence and critical detachment.
John Jay: Founding Father - Drawing on substantial new material, renowned biographer Walter Stahr has written a full and highly readable portrait of both the public and private man—one of the most prominent figures of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. He was president of the continental congress, one of three authors of The Federalist Papers, secretary of foreign affairs, a negotiator of the treaty that won the United States its independence in 1783, first chief justice of the Supreme Court and governor of his native New York .
. . The greatest founders—such as washington and Jefferson—have kept even the greatest of the second tier of the nation’s founding generation in the shadows.
President McKinley: Architect of the American CenturySimon & Schuster - Mckinley settled decades of monetary controversy by taking the country to a strict gold standard; in the Spanish-American war he kicked Spain out of the Caribbean and liberated Cuba from Spain; in the Pacific he acquired Hawaii and the Philippines; he developed the doctrine of “fair trade”; forced the “Open Door” to China; forged our “special relationship” with Great Britain.
Lively, and eye-opening, definitive, President McKinley resurrects this overlooked president and places him squarely on the list of one of the most important. As this splendid revisionist narrative makes plain…. The presidency is no job for a political amateur. Mckinley paved the way for the bold and flamboyant leadership of his famous successor, Teddy Roosevelt, who built on his accomplishments and got credit for them.
President McKinley: Architect of the American Century - Acclaimed historian robert merry resurrects the presidential reputation of william McKinley in a “measured, insightful biography that seeks to set the record straight…a deft character study of a president” The New York Times Book Review whose low place in the presidential rankings does not reflect the stamp he put on America’s future role in the world.
Republican president william mcKinley transformed America during his two terms as president 1897 – 1901. He expanded executive power and managed public opinion through his quiet manipulation of the press. Merry offers “a fresh twist on the old tale…a valuable education on where America has been and, possibly, where it is going” The National Review.
Although he does not register large in either public memory or in historians’ rankings, in this revealing account, Robert W.
The Unexpected President: The Life and Times of Chester A. ArthurDa Capo Press - As president James A. He surprised everyone--and gained many enemies--when he swept house and took on corruption, civil rights for blacks, and issues of land for Native Americans. A mysterious young woman deserves much of the credit for Arthur's remarkable transformation. Garfield struggled for his life, Arthur knew better than his detractors that he failed to meet the high standard a president must uphold.
And yet, he proved to be not just honest but brave, from the moment President Arthur took office, going up against the very forces that had controlled him for decades. When president james garfield was shot in 1881, nobody expected Vice President Chester A. Julia sand, wrote arthur nearly two dozen letters urging him to put country over party, a bedridden New Yorker, to find "the spark of true nobility" that lay within him.
For years arthur had been perceived as unfit to govern, not only by critics and the vast majority of his fellow citizens but by his own conscience. At a time when women were barred from political life, Sand's letters inspired Arthur to transcend his checkered past--and changed the course of American history.
The Unexpected President: The Life and Times of Chester A. Arthur - This beautifully written biography tells the dramatic, untold story of a virtually forgotten American president. It is the tale of a machine politician and man-about-town in Gilded Age New York who stumbled into the highest office in the land, only to rediscover his better self when his nation needed him.
Arthur to become a strong and effective president, a courageous anti-corruption reformer, and an early civil rights advocate. Despite his promising start as a young man, by his early fifties Chester A.
The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear WarAnchor - When asked by a reporter about the possible use of atomic weapons in response to China's entry into the war, Truman replied testily, "The military commander in the field will have charge of the use of the weapons, as he always has. This suggested that general Douglas MacArthur, the willful, fearless, and highly decorated commander of the American and U.
N. In the nuclear era, when the soviets, too, had the bomb, the specter of a catastrophic third World War lurked menacingly close on the horizon. The contest of wills between these two titanic characters unfolds against the turbulent backdrop of a faraway war and terrors conjured at home by Joseph McCarthy.
The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War - General macarthur, by contrast, was incredibly popular, as untouchable as any officer has ever been in America. Heir to a struggling economy, and increasing tension with the Soviet Union, a ruined Europe, on no issue was the path ahead clear and easy. From master storyteller and historian H. From the drama of stalin's blockade of west berlin to the daring landing of MacArthur's forces at Inchon to the shocking entrance of China into the war, The General and the President vividly evokes the making of a new American era.
The lessons he drew from world war II were absolute: appeasement leads to disaster and a showdown with the communists was inevitable--the sooner the better. Truman committed a gaffe that sent shock waves around the world. W.
Herbert Hoover in the White House: The Ordeal of the PresidencySimon & Schuster - In public hoover was shy and retiring, but in private Rappleye shows him to be a man of passion and sometimes of fury, a man who intrigued against his enemies while fulminating over plots against him. He served one term, from 1929 to 1933. Often considered placid, passive, unsympathetic, and even paralyzed by national events, Hoover faced an uphill battle in the face of the Great Depression.
But in herbert hoover in the white house, charles Rappleye investigates memoirs and diaries and thousands of documents kept by members of his cabinet and close advisors to reveal a very different figure than the one often portrayed. A deft, filled-out portrait of the thirty-first president…by far the best, most readable study of Herbert Hoover’s presidency to date” Publishers Weekly that draws on rare and intimate sources to show he was temperamentally unsuited for the job.
Herbert Hoover in the White House: The Ordeal of the Presidency - Herbert clark hoover was the thirty-first President of the United States. This “fair-handed, surprisingly sympathetic new appraisal of the much-vilified president who was faced with the nation's plunge into the Great Depression…fills an important niche in presidential scholarship” Kirkus Reviews. Many historians dismiss him as merely ineffective.
We see hoover watching a sunny and he thought ignorant FDR on the horizon, experimenting with steps to relieve the Depression. Herbert hoover in the white house is an object lesson in the most, perhaps only, talent needed to be a successful president—the temperament of leadership.
Hoover: An Extraordinary Life in Extraordinary TimesVintage - Arguably the father of both new Deal liberalism and modern conservatism, Herbert Hoover lived one of the most extraordinary American lives of the twentieth century. It can nestle on the same shelf as David McCullough’s Truman, a high compliment indeed. The wall street journalthe definitive biography of herbert hoover, his presidency, one of the most remarkable Americans of the twentieth century—a wholly original account that will forever change the way Americans understand the man, his battle against the Great Depression, and their own history.
An impoverished orphan who built a fortune. Yet however astonishing, his accomplishments are often eclipsed by the perception that Hoover was inept and heartless in the face of the Great Depression. Now, kenneth whyte vividly recreates Hoover’s rich and dramatic life in all its complex glory. A president elected in a landslide and then resoundingly defeated four years later.
Hoover: An Extraordinary Life in Extraordinary Times - An exemplary biography—exhaustively researched, fair-minded and easy to read. A great humanitarian. Here, for the first time, is the definitive biography that fully captures the colossal scale of Hoover’s momentous life and volatile times. He follows hoover through his iowa boyhood, his brilliant rescue of millions of lives during world war i and the 1927 Mississippi floods, his defeat at the hands of a ruthless Franklin Roosevelt, his misconstrued presidency, his cutthroat business career, his return to grace as Truman's emissary to help European refugees after World War II, his devastating years in the political wilderness, and his final vindication in the days of Kennedy's "New Frontier.
Ultimately, whyte brings to light hoover’s complexities and contradictions—his modesty and ambition, his ruthlessness and extreme generosity—as well as his profound political legacy.
The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950sSimon & Schuster - At home, eisenhower affirmed the central elements of the New Deal, such as Social Security; fought the demagoguery of Senator Joseph McCarthy; and advanced the agenda of civil rights for African-Americans. As he left office, he cautioned Americans to remain alert to the dangers of a powerful military-industrial complex that could threaten their liberties.
He was a gifted leader, a decent man of humble origins who used his powers to advance the welfare of all Americans. This is a portrait of a skilled leader who, despite his conservative inclinations, found a middle path through the bitter partisanship of his era. Now more than ever, with this “complete and persuasive assessment” Booklist, starred review, Americans have much to learn from Dwight Eisenhower.
A new york times bestseller, this is the “outstanding” The Atlantic, insightful, and authoritative account of Dwight Eisenhower’s presidency. Drawing on newly declassified documents and thousands of pages of unpublished material, The Age of Eisenhower tells the story of a masterful president guiding the nation through the great crises of the 1950s, from McCarthyism and the Korean War through civil rights turmoil and Cold War conflicts.
The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s - Yet he also charted a significant expansion of America’s missile technology and deployed a vast array of covert operations around the world to confront the challenge of communism. Abroad, he ended the Korean War and avoided a new quagmire in Vietnam. Today, presidential historians rank eisenhower fifth on the list of great presidents, and William Hitchcock’s “rich narrative” The Wall Street Journal shows us why Ike’s stock has risen so high.
GrantPenguin Books - This is america's greatest biographer, bringing movingly to life one of our finest but most underappreciated presidents. Along the way, grant endeared himself to President Lincoln and became his most trusted general and the strategic genius of the war effort. His business ventures had ended dismally, and despite distinguished service in the Mexican War he ended up resigning from the army in disgrace amid recurring accusations of drunkenness.
Grant’s military fame translated into a two-term presidency, but one plagued by corruption scandals involving his closest staff members. The #1 new York Times bestseller. New york times book review 10 best books of 2017pulitzer Prize winner Ron Chernow returns with a sweeping and dramatic portrait of one of our most compelling generals and presidents, Ulysses S.
Grant - With lucidity, and meticulousness, chernow finds the threads that bind these disparate stories together, breadth, shedding new light on the man whom Walt Whitman described as “nothing heroic. And yet the greatest hero. Chernow’s probing portrait of Grant's lifelong struggle with alcoholism transforms our understanding of the man at the deepest level.
More important, firm, who called him “the vigilant, working to crush the Ku Klux Klan and earning the admiration of Frederick Douglass, he sought freedom and justice for black Americans, impartial, and wise protector of my race. After his presidency, he was again brought low by a dashing young swindler on Wall Street, only to resuscitate his image by working with Mark Twain to publish his memoirs, which are recognized as a masterpiece of the genre.
Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His TimesRiverhead Books - As a diplomat and secretary of state, he defended American sovereignty against France and Britain, counseled President John Adams, and supervised the construction of the city of Washington. From the nation's founding in 1776 and for the next forty years, Marshall was at the center of every political battle.
. As the leading federalist in Virginia, he rivaled his cousin Thomas Jefferson in influence. D. C. This is the astonishing true story of how a rough-cut frontiersman - born in Virginia in 1755 and with little formal education - invented himself as one of the nation's preeminent lawyers and politicians who then reinvented the Constitution to forge a stronger nation.
Without precedent is the engrossing account of the life and times of this exceptional man, imagination, the Constitution, who with cunning, and grace shaped America's future as he held together the Supreme Court, and the country itself. As chief justice of the united states - the longest-serving in history - he established the independence of the judiciary and the supremacy of the federal Constitution and courts.
Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times - The remarkable story of john marshall who, and diplomat, as chief justice, statesman, played a pivotal role in the founding of the United States. No member of america's founding generation had a greater impact on the Constitution and the Supreme Court than John Marshall, and no one did more to preserve the delicate unity of the fledgling United States.