Presidents of War

Date(s) - 10/15/18
5:15 pm - 6:30 pm

Chicago Council on Global Affairs

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Chicago Council on Global Affairs


Presidents of War

Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Michael Beschloss, Presidential Historian, NBC News; Contributor, PBS NewsHour



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.


Michael Beschloss

Presidential Historian, NBC News; Contributor, PBS NewsHour

Michael Beschloss is the NBC News Presidential Historian and a PBS NewsHour contributor. Born and raised in Chicago, IL, Bechloss received an Emmy and six honorary degrees and is the author of nine books on presidential history including most recently the New York Times bestsellers Presidential Courage and The Conquerors, as well as two volumes on President Lyndon Johnson’s secret tapes. He was also editor of the number one global bestseller Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy.