From the acclaimed bestselling author of "The Conquerors"
Michael Beschloss's dramatic and inspiring saga explores crucial
times when a courageous President 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, as well as the crushing
ordeals faced by Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman,
John 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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