By Robert Dallek
Now Dallek has condensed his two-volume masterpiece into what's without doubt the best one-volume biography of Johnson on hand. according to years of study in over 450 manuscript collections and oral histories, in addition to various own interviews, this biography follows Johnson, the "human dynamo," from the Texas hill kingdom to the White condominium. We see LBJ, in the home and the Senate, whirl his method via 16- and eighteen-hour days, speaking, urging, hard, achieving for impact and tool, in an uncommonly profitable congressional profession. Then, within the White apartment, we see Johnson because the visionary chief who labored his will on Congress like no president prior to or because, enacting various an important laws, from Medicare and environmental defense to the main major advances in civil rights for black americans ever accomplished. And we see the intensity of Johnson's deepest agony as he turned more and more ensnared in Vietnam.
In those pages Johnson emerges as a guy of towering depth and anguished lack of confidence, of grandiose ambition and grave self-doubt, a guy who was once significant, crude, intimidating, compassionate, overbearing, pushed: "A twister in pants." Gracefully written and delicately balanced, this
By Chuck Wills
By Alvaro Uribe Velez
It’s one of many nice, unforeseen turnaround tales in sleek heritage: only a decade in the past, Colombia used to be considered as a “failed state,” besieged by way of megalomaniacal drug kingpins, ruthless terrorist teams, and abominable poverty. yet because 2002, it's been dramatically reworked right into a way more peaceable, solid sleek democracy with a promising destiny. Now, the fellow who led the transformation, former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe Velez, deals the untold tale of ways, at huge, immense own danger, he refused to simply accept Colombia’s perilous prestige quo.
super beautiful, No misplaced Causes finds how President Uribe seriously weakened the neo-terrorist workforce, the FARC, which held Colombia captive and brought on the brutal homicide of his father. It relates the gripping account of the way President Uribe staged the bold (and cold) jungle rescue of Ingrid Betancourt in 2008, and finally restored the rule of thumb of legislations around the kingdom. It additionally explores sensible classes of hands-on management—relevant to either political and company leaders—and offers an exhilarating behind-the-scenes examine news-making US international affairs and not ahead of mentioned info and dealings with numerous global leaders.
not like the other presidential memoir, No misplaced Causes is not just a compelling tale of management, yet an epic, heart-racing account of ways bravery and desire gave a failing country a brighter future.
By Rebecca E. Karl
By William Nester
As William Nester asserts in The Age of Jackson, it takes particularly a pacesetter to personify an age. A political titan for thirty-three years (1815-1848), Andrew Jackson possessed personality, ideals, and acts that ruled American politics. even though Jackson back to his Tennessee plantation in March 1837 after serving 8 years as president, he persisted to overshadow American politics. of his proteges, Martin "the Magician" van Buren and James "Young Hickory" Polk, him to the White condominium and pursued his agenda.
Jackson provoked firestorms of political passions all through his period. way more humans enjoyed than hated him, however the fervor was once simply as pitched both method. even though the passions have subsided, the controversy lingers. Historians are cut up over Jackson's legacy. a few extol him as between America's maximum presidents, bringing up his championing of the typical guy, retaining the rustic jointly throughout the nullification obstacle, and disposing of the nationwide debt. Others excoriate him as a mean-spirited despot who shredded the structure and broken the nation's improvement by way of destroying the second one financial institution of the U.S., defying the best courtroom, and grossly worsening political corruption via his spoils procedure. nonetheless others condemn his forcibly expelling greater than 40 thousand local american citizens from their houses and alongside the path of Tears, which led a ways west of the Mississippi River, with hundreds of thousands perishing alongside the way.
In his clear-eyed overview of 1 of the main divisive leaders in American heritage, Nester offers new perception into the age-old debate concerning the very nature of strength itself.
By Julie M. Fenster
At the sunrise of the 19th century, as Britain, France, Spain, and the USA all jockeyed for keep an eye on of the sizeable expanses west of the Mississippi River, the stakes for American enlargement have been incalculably excessive. Even after the yankee buy of the Louisiana Territory, Spain nonetheless coveted that land and used to be ready to hire any capacity to maintain it. With struggle anticipated at any second, Jefferson performed a online game of approach, placing at the flooring the single americans he may well: a cadre of explorers who ultimately annexed it via brave research.
Responsible for orchestrating the yankee push into the continent was once President Thomas Jefferson. He so much famously recruited Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, who led the Corps of Discovery to the Pacific, yet even as there have been different groups who did an identical paintings, in areas the place it was once much more an important. William Dunbar, George Hunter, Thomas Freeman, Peter Custis, and the dauntless Zebulon Pike—all have been dispatched on pressing missions to map the frontier and sustain a gradual correspondence with Washington approximately their findings.
But they weren’t regularly well-matched—with one another and positively no longer with a Spanish military of 1000 infantrymen or extra. those tensions threatened to undermine Jefferson’s targets for the nascent state, leaving the USA at risk of wasting its foothold within the West. Deeply researched and inspiringly informed, Jefferson’s America rediscovers the strong and infrequently harrowing motion from those seminal expeditions and illuminates the president’s imaginative and prescient for a continental America.
By Thomas M. Leonard
James okay. Polk's 4 years in place of work marked the best interval of territorial acquisition within the background of the country-what manhattan journalist John O'Sullivan termed because the 'Manifest future' of the U.S. to extend around the continent. by means of the top of Polk's presidency in 1849, U.S. possessions incorporated the California, Oregon, and New Mexico territories. additionally, Texas had turn into a part of the Union.
This booklet analyzes Polk's political occupation and his function in each one of those territorial expansions. James ok. Polk: a transparent and Unquestionable Destiny indicates that they have been way more complicated than the ethical campaign that were classified 'Manifest Destiny.' Southern planters desired to guard their 'peculiar establishment' of slavery via including new territories from which slave states will be carved. advertisement pursuits feared that battle with England over any of those territories could adversely impression upon the nation's alternate. even if the Oregon boundary dispute was once settled with little friction, the Mexican struggle erupted after the annexation of Texas.
This attention-grabbing biography of our 11th president and his winning efforts for growth of U.S. territory can be of curiosity to scholars learning usa heritage, overseas coverage, and the large territorial enlargement within the 1840s often called show up Destiny.
By Holman Hamilton
By Frank Shuffelton
By The Editors of LIFE