July 7, 2013

Marvin Kalb spoke about his book, The Road to War, at Politics & Prose on Sunday, July 7, 2013.

In his thirteenth book about U.S. foreign policy, the veteran journalist and founding director of the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, notes that rather than requesting a formal congressional declaration of war, Presidents since Pearl Harbor have cited various commitments to justify sending troops into combat. Kalb investigates the nature of these commitments, examines how they have been fulfilled, and urges greater caution in allowing such arrangements to become policy.

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ISBN: 9780815724933
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Published: Brookings Institution Press - May 10th, 2013

June 28, 2013

John Taliaferro spoke about his book, All the Great Prizes, at Politics & Prose on Friday, June 28, 2013.

The range of John Hay’s remarkable life considered by Taliaferro’s biography covers the statesman’s tenure as Lincoln’s private secretary to his years as Secretary of State under presidents McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt. Hay (1838-1905) also knew Gilded Age figures such as Mark Twain and Horace Greeley, and in his personal life he vied with Henry Adams for the romantic attentions of one Madame X, a Washington society hostess.

All the Great Prizes: The Life of John Hay, from Lincoln to Roosevelt Cover Image
ISBN: 9781416597346
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 27th, 2014

June 18, 2013

Joseph J. Ellis spoke about his book, Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence, at Politics & Prose on Tuesday, June 18, 2013.

The summer of 1776 was a busy time for the American colonies. As the Continental Congress discussed an independent future, Britain sent a massive armada, which cruised menacingly off Staten Island in July. Ellis, the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning biographer and historian, traces the chain of events that built momentum for the Revolution.

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ISBN: 9780307946379
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Published: Vintage - June 3rd, 2014