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The Resource Presidents and their generals : an American history of command in war, Matthew Moten

Presidents and their generals : an American history of command in war, Matthew Moten

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Presidents and their generals : an American history of command in war
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Presidents and their generals
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an American history of command in war
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Matthew Moten
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eng
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/* Starred Review */ Military historian Moten (co-author: Between War and Peace: How America Ends Its Wars, 2011, etc.), former head of the history department at West Point, traces the long struggle of presidents to assert their power over recalcitrant generals. George Washington was adamant that as president, he was only to assert policy, not fight wars. When fear of war with the French caused President John Adams to put him in charge of the army again, he changed his tune, insisting that he would be subordinate, not subservient, and demanding the right to pick all his own generals, especially Alexander Hamilton. He also insisted that he would not be active until a crisis appeared, effectively turning the army over to Hamilton, who was much detested by Adams. Moten beautifully exposes the battles and the alliances between men controlling the country's future. Certainly, Abraham Lincoln was all over the spectrum, with his inability to get George McClellan to do much of anything offset by Ulysses Grant's effective action. The author explains the workings of war, the effects and dangers of standing armies, and the growth of the president's Cabinet-level military advisers. All presidents admit that war, once begun, takes on a life of its own, but generals who begin to make policy overstep their duty. Gen. Douglas MacArthur is a prime example. Harry Truman suffered his arrogance, but "when the president mistrusts or fears one of his senior commanders, that officer's relief is already overdue." Moten doesn't mince words regarding MacArthur, who went on speaking tours while still in service, "soiling his uniform and besmirching his profession with vitriol directed against his commander in chief." The author's opinions are precise and witty and based on comprehensive knowledge of his subject, as he clearly demonstrates how wars are lost by the arrogant and/or incompetent. A brilliant, fascinating picture of how wars badly begun and poorly run can affect an entire country—usually at the hands of just a few men.(Kirkus Reviews, October 1, 2014)
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contains biographical information
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10389423
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1960-
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Moten, Matthew
Dewey number
  • 355.0092/2
  • B
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index present
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non fiction
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bibliography
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  • USA
  • Presidents
  • Generals
  • Command of troops
  • Civil-military relations
  • Civil-military relations
  • Command of troops
  • Generals
  • Military policy
  • Political science
  • Presidents
  • General
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • USA
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an American history of command in war
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Presidents and their generals : an American history of command in war, Matthew Moten
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
I. Setting precedents -- George Washington and the Continental Congress -- Adams, Washington, and Hamilton -- Mr. Madison's war -- Polk against his generals -- Lincoln's letter to Hooker -- The politics of collaboration -- Lincoln and Grant -- The pershing paradox -- Roosevelt, Marshall, and Hopkins -- The perils of partisanship -- Exit MacArthur -- Taylor's theory -- Powell's doctrine -- Rumsfeld's assumptions
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1064890
Dimensions
25 cm
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x, 443 pages
Isbn
9780674058149
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(alkaline paper)
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2014009057
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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  • (Sirsi) i9780674058149
  • (OCoLC)876010386
Label
Presidents and their generals : an American history of command in war, Matthew Moten
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
I. Setting precedents -- George Washington and the Continental Congress -- Adams, Washington, and Hamilton -- Mr. Madison's war -- Polk against his generals -- Lincoln's letter to Hooker -- The politics of collaboration -- Lincoln and Grant -- The pershing paradox -- Roosevelt, Marshall, and Hopkins -- The perils of partisanship -- Exit MacArthur -- Taylor's theory -- Powell's doctrine -- Rumsfeld's assumptions
Control code
1064890
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 443 pages
Isbn
9780674058149
Isbn Type
(alkaline paper)
Lccn
2014009057
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780674058149
  • (OCoLC)876010386

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