There is no more serious task a president can undertake than to lead a nation into war. Those presidents who held the office during wartime have sometimes needed to shelve their domestic policy ambitions. In addition, presidents of war have also had to contend with challenges from the Constitution’s War Powers Clause, Congress, the media, anti-war protestors and even their closest advisors during conflict. How have presidents coped with the pressures of war? And how has the scope of Presidential power evolved over the course of America’s conflicts?
Copies of Michael Beschloss’ new book Presidents of War will be available for sale and signing after the program from the Book Cellar.