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Against the President: Dissent and Decision-Making in the White House: A Historical Perspective

by Mark J. White

Publisher: Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
Pages: 384
Paperback
ISBN: 9781566637442






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Overview of Against the President: Dissent and Decision-Making in the White House: A Historical Perspective

With the Iraq War now in its fourth year, its merits are still contested by leading politicians in the U.S. and elsewhere. And revelations suggest that the president's secretary of state, Colin Powell, had opposed going to war. Historians have often analyzed the relationship between presidents and their advisors, but rarely the influence of those counselors who have dissented from the views of the chief executive. Mark J. White considers the question of alternative policies by examining the response of presidents, from Harry Truman to Lyndon Johnson, to dissent within their own. Mr. White fashions a provocative interpretation of America's role in the cold war and questions about the potential effectiveness of policies that might have been.

Synopsis of Against the President: Dissent and Decision-Making in the White House: A Historical Perspective

Not since the 1960s, when American troops were bogged down in Vietnam, has the U.S. role on the world stage been so controversial. The Iraq War now enters its fourth year, its merits still contested by leading politicians in the United States and elsewhere, as well as at the grassroots. And revelations suggest that the president's highly respected secretary of state, Colin Powell, had opposed going to war. Historians have often analyzed the relationship between presidents and their advisers-but rarely the influence of those counselors who have dissented from the views of the chief executive. Mark White's innovative book considers the question of alternative policies by examining the response of presidents, from Harry Truman to Lyndon Johnson, to dissent within their own administrations on key national security issues.

Thomas R. Maddux - Journal of Cold War Studies

[White] presents a well-written study that is accessible to both students and specialists.

About the Author, Mark J. White

Mark J. White has written widely on American foreign policy, including The Kennedys and Cuba, Kennedy: The New Frontier Revisited, Missiles in Cuba, and The Cuban Missile Crisis. He lives in East Yorkshire, England.

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Booklist

This [book] will engage students of presidential decision making.
— Gilbert Taylor

Journal of American History

Very informative and interesting.

Political Science Quarterly

Well-researched and cogently argued . . . White's analysis often offers new insights on familiar material.
— Matthew J. Dickinson

Journal of Cold War Studies

[White] presents a well-written study that is accessible to both students and specialists.
—Thomas R. Maddux

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