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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (423 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:
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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!


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.” 


  • “For both scholars and general readers.” 


  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Carl | 2/7/2014

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

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