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3.79 out of 53.79 out of 53.79 out of 53.79 out of 53.79 out of 5 3.79 (29 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael R. Beschloss Narrator: Michael R. Beschloss Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2007 ISBN: 9780743561792
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From the acclaimed bestselling author of The Conquerors

Michael Beschloss's dramatic and inspiring saga explores crucial times when a courageous President changed the history of the United States. With surprising new sources and a dazzling command of history and human character, Beschloss brings these flawed, complex men -- and their wives, families, friends and foes -- to life as if in a gripping novel. Never have we had a more intimate, behind-the-scenes view of Presidents coping with the supreme dilemmas of their lives.

In Presidential Courage you will witness George Washington braving threats of impeachment and assassination to make peace with England; John Adams, incurring his party's "unrelenting hatred" by refusing to fight France and warning, "Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war;" Andrew Jackson, in a death struggle against the corrupt Bank of the United States; Abraham Lincoln, risking his Presidency to insist that slaves be freed, as well as the crushing ordeals faced by Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, John Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan.

As Beschloss shows, none of these Presidents was eager to incur ridicule, vilification or threats of political destruction and even assassination. But in the end, each ultimately proved himself to be, in Andrew Jackson's words, "born for the storm." Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “If any book can be said to epitomize the genre of Presidential history, Presidential Courage does.” 

    New York Times Book Review 

  • “Beschloss is careful and well paced in his role as narrator, rarely showing emotion and pronouncing every name and foreign phrase with precision.” 

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  • “For both scholars and general readers.” 

    Booklist

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Collins Roth | 2/19/2014

    " An entertaining dip into moments that made great presidents great. I came away torn as to the "courage" behind some of the decisions, vs. the political calculation behind them. But the book highlights politics vs. idealism even in the great ones... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 A.d. Rebrook | 2/18/2014

    " An interesting account of actions and decisions made by various president's through out history. It's a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 2/13/2014

    " Engaging if you are interested in presidential politics. Nothing seems new as presidents from 1789-1989 try to stay in office and maybe do what's right once-in-awhile. Especially enjoyed the material on FDR and JFK. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carl | 2/7/2014

    " Discussed moments when presidents made tough decisions and how they maneuvered through the political turmoil that these decisions presented. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron | 2/3/2014

    " Excellent information. Superior writer. Great lessons of leadership and courage over the 200 plus years of American government. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 2/1/2014

    " Contains nice insight into the real people behind the legends that history has built up around our presidents. However, this guy was way, way too into footnotes. It was distracting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 1/24/2014

    " So far I am enjoying it. I have refreshed my memory of some key points in history that I sort of remembered but not really. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 1/16/2014

    " Becoming president has changed many men and certainly the men included in this examination of presidential decisions made in the face of public opinion and political pressures. Examples of presidential courage range from Washington facing possible impeachment while trying to keep the U.S. out of a war with France, to Jackson's war against the Bank of the United States in 1832, to Reagan's decisions that helped to end the Cold War. Michael Beschloss makes this historical examination of presidential decision making read almost like a novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 mhstrass1 | 1/11/2014

    " fun reading....each chapter stands on its own so it is easy to put down and pick up again "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adele | 1/9/2014

    " Very good, I learned alot from this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brad | 12/26/2013

    " Really enjoyed the "tour" through presidential leadership. The core theme is that there are times when a leader must do the right thing even if it puts him at peril of losing his position. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phillip | 12/17/2013

    " This book accounts the changes made by presidents in peace time and war from Washington to Reagan. It is very thought provoking and makes you see each president a little differently than you may have before. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joshua | 2/24/2013

    " Very interesting... stories about some of our greatest presidents that you've never heard. We glorify our founding fathers, but this book shows many of the petty, partisan politicking of today was also rampant from the start. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Murray Johnson | 10/21/2012

    " A look at some of the most popular presidents in US history and a key decision each president's administration, that were not always publicly supported, and it shows each president as regular human beings, warts and all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob Seaby | 1/17/2012

    " Comment: This book is a collection of stories about several of our Presidents over a 200 year period who exercised extraordinary personal courage for the good of the country and on some occasions at great personal loss. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 12/27/2011

    " Fascinating and fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 12/11/2011

    " Ok history of moments that presidents were courageous. Kind of pedantic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alan | 11/12/2011

    " Interesting and not always well known aspects of presidental history, but the language and style is not as lively as the author presents when on TV. Worth the read for the observations of history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy | 10/16/2011

    " For the history buff this is a terrifc read. The 'moments' of courage presented are described in all their complexity, nuance and conflict. In some ways the more recent current events, or those happening within my lifetime seemed even more interesting than I expected. Well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karl.bromley | 7/12/2011

    " Choppy and anecdotal. Did learn a few things though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan Splenda | 4/26/2011

    " An set of interesting arguments for a select few presidents. Of course, the heavy hitters in presidential history are presented, but some of the decisions that are brought up and argued are not as well known. This adds to the overall effect of the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Donna | 11/19/2010

    " This book needed a better editor. Why was the story for each of the Presidents divided into 4 chapters? There didn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to that division. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Murray | 11/15/2010

    " A look at some of the most popular presidents in US history and a key decision each president's administration, that were not always publicly supported, and it shows each president as regular human beings, warts and all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carl | 9/20/2010

    " Discussed moments when presidents made tough decisions and how they maneuvered through the political turmoil that these decisions presented. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 7/23/2010

    " Brilliant, as is Michael's other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dick | 4/18/2010

    " Excellent discussion of pragmatic presidential courage in making unpopular decisions. Well done in that presidential motivation is captured realistically -- political factors were always considered even when doing the right thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ginny | 3/9/2010

    " Very interesting book on several selected presidents
    I listened to this on audio book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Glenn | 12/14/2009

    " Excellent book by a popular and insightful historian. Examples of Presidents and decisions they made that were difficult. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Goatville9 | 9/29/2009

    " I wish we could give half-stars. Gun to head however I had to give a 3 as anyone interested enough in this topic is already familiar with scenarios each President faced. "

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About the Author

Michael R. Beschloss has been called “the nation’s leading presidential historian” by Newsweek.  He has written numerous books on American presidents and is a contributor to PBS’s The Newshour with Jim Lehrer. He received an Emmy Award in 2005 for his work on the Discovery Channel’s Decisions That Shook the World. As a public speaker, Beschloss has made appearances at a number of colleges, universities, and presidential libraries. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School and lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and two sons.