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American Caesars : Lives of the Us Presidents, from Franklin D. Roosevelt to George W. Bush
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Modeled on one of the most famous histories of ancient Rome (The Twelve Caesars), Nigel Hamiltonís new book, American Caesars, looks afresh at the lives and careers of the twelve leaders of the American empire since World War II, from Franklin D. Roosevelt to George W. Bush.
President by president, Hamilton relates and examines the presidentsí unique characters, their paths to Pennsylvania Avenue, their effectiveness as global leaders, and their lessons in governance, both good and bad. With uncompromising candor he looks at how these powerful men responded to the challenges that defined their presidenciesóFDRís role as a war leader, Harry Trumanís decision to mount a Berlin Airlift rather than pursue military confrontation with the Soviets, Lyndon Johnsonís undertaking of controversial Civil Rights legislation and his disastrous war in Vietnam, Jimmy Carterís handling of the Iran hostage crisis, George H. W. Bushís effectiveness in guiding the world during the collapse of the Soviet Union, and his sonís fateful invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as other salient episodes in modern American history. In the Suetonian manner, Hamilton also looks at the presidentsí private livesósome noble, some flawed, some deeply moving.