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You can be forgiven if, just looking at the title, you think Leadership: In Turbulent Times (Simon & Schuster, $30) is about the United States in 2018. It’s not, but it’s very relevant nonetheless. Looking to the past to better understand the present, acclaimed presidential biographer Doris Kearns Goodwin examines the leadership qualities demonstrated during periods of national crisis by four exceptional presidents—Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, and Lyndon Johnson. She describes how true presidential leadership isn’t so much a function of temperament or background, but of a capacity for resilience in the face of one’s own failures and limitations. It requires sacrifice, courage, and a clear moral compass. As a reviewer in the New York Times noted, “Goodwin’s special strength as an historian has always been her ability to present subtle, complex studies of her subjects’ personalities and to show how they interact with their times.”

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$30.00
ISBN: 9781476795928
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 18th, 2018

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One of the illuminating and sobering tasks that an historian can perform for a society is to look back at what was intended by, say, a nation’s founding fathers and compare that to what ended up happening over the years. Michael Beschloss does this expertly and sweepingly in Presidents of War (Crown, $35), which looks at how, despite a Constitution intended to make it difficult for a president to lead America into war—indeed, the sole power to declare war was given to Congress—presidents have gotten us embroiled in wars roughly once in every generation. Beschloss’s landmark book examines the experiences of eight presidents from the War of 1812 through the Mexican War, the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, World Wars I and II, Korea, and Vietnam. It also includes an early chapter on the skillful efforts of a ninth president, Thomas Jefferson, who kept the United States out of war.

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$35.00
ISBN: 9780307409607
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Published: Crown - October 9th, 2018

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The ground was laid for an epic battle when, in late 1950, the U.S. First Marine Division moved deep into the snowy mountains of North Korea, assured (wrongly) by American commanders that Chinese forces would not cross the Manchurian border and enter the fight. Ending up surrounded, heavily outnumbered, and caught in grueling conditions, the Marines against all odds fought their way out of the frozen wilds in which they were initially trapped. Although this legendary story has been told before, Hampton Sides chronicles it with fresh research, vivid detail, and broad perspective in On Desperate Ground: The Marines at The Reservoir, the Korean War’s Greatest Battle (Doubleday, $30). Sides provides not only a gripping, frontline view of the fighting, highlighting the courage and resourcefulness of the Marines; he also assesses the misjudgments and intelligence failures of American leaders in Tokyo and Washington.

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ISBN: 9780385541152
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Published: Doubleday - October 2nd, 2018

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