I am on my third reading of the book and it won't be the last reading, I'm sure. I was in the Navy at the time and nobody was shooting at us so it seemed quiet in terms of before and after Ike's term. In witty and perceptive compressed biographies of the two presidents, Terzian, the literary editor of the Weekly Standard, shows how superficially dissimilar the two men were, yet how much their rejection of isolationism overlapped. After reading author Philip Terzian's bio I feel quite inadequate to critique his book. Terzian reveals how both men recognized and acted on the global threats of their time and questions whether America can rise to the same challenges today. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. Indeed, the great debates on foreign affairs in American history have not been about whether to have debates on foreign affairs; they have been between and among the competing visions of American influence in the world.
For all that, he receives only seven cursory mentions in this book. Terzian reveals how both men recognized and acted on the global threats of their time and questions whether America can rise to the same challenges today. Bookseller: , Ohio, United States Encounter Books, 2010. He has written and edited for the New Republic, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, The New Criterion and the Times Literary Supplement. The real question is not whether Americans are prone to isolation or engagement, but how their engagement with the world has evolved, how events have made the United States a superpower, and how these developments have been guided by political leadership. It seems like more happened between 1952 and 1960 than we realize.
Ike had also been the chief of staff who desegregated the U. Army—the 17th largest in the world in 1939—that allowed Eisenhower to stand out, even though he had been forced to spend the First World War coaching football at West Point and did not hear a shot fired in anger until he shot a rat in his headquarters in Italy in 1943. Eisenhower, albeit without really addressing the presence of an enormous elephant sitting bang in the center of the room of whom, more later. Without a window into the stricken world that Roosevelt inhabited, and Eisenhower understood, we are less likely to see the perils and challenges of the world we have inherited. A glance at the book shows its explantory power. Indeed, the great debates on foreign affairs in American history have not been about whether to have debates on foreign affairs; they have been between the competing visions of American influence in the world.
Bookseller: , Washington, United States. Each managed to direct his personal ambition toward projecting and protecting the best interests of his country and, through intelligence, ability, and charm, provided leadership to a world in need of fresh ideas and firm responses. Click an icon below to purchase Architects of Power:. Without this clear window into the stricken world that Roosevelt inhabited and Eisenhower understood, we are unlikely to recognize the perils and challenges of the world we have inherited. What followed was an unprecedented explosion of economic vitality, political self-confidence, and military strength as the rest of the non-Communist world lay exhausted, contrite, and supplicant at her feet. Denied access to a clear vision of the past, our knowledge of the present and perspective on the future may be dangerously myopic.
The spine may show signs of wear. Architects of Power: Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and the American Century The United States is not a preternaturally inward-looking nation, and isolation is not the natural disposition of Americans. He lives in Washington, D. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions. Disclaimer:A copy that has been read, but remains in clean condition. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. .
They are a model of great learning lightly worn check out the frightening bibliography. Roosevelt understood that American prosperity depended not only on American security but on the security of the world as a whole, and Eisenhower grasped the fact that calm analysis of various crises and a meaningful doctrine of peace through strength would ensure the continuation of that security. Since 2005, he has been Literary Editor of the Weekly Standard. June Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. In Architects of Power, Philip Terzian examines two public figures in the 20th century who personify, in their lives, careers and public philosophies, the rise of the United States of America to global leadership: Franklin D. Though vastly different in upbringing and early experiences, Roosevelt and Eisenhower shared, says Terzian, a firm belief in American resources and American capabilities. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text.
None of this is heavy handed or partisan, and Terzian has a magical gift for making his ideological points persuasively and with exemplary civility. This may not be perfect transparency but it is sometimes neceassary-even imperative! This regrettably too brief essay makes its point that the 20th century was indeed the American century and that America's rise to leadership, even with the flaws inherent in that leadership, has produced great benefits for the global community. Terzian believes that it was the tiny size of the interwar U. The real question is not whether Americans are prone to isolation or engagement, but how their engagement with the world has evolved, how events have conspired to make the United States toward world power, and how these developments have been guided by political leadership. Philip Terzian has been a political and cultural journalist for nearly forty years. In Architects of Power, Philip Terzian examines two public figures in the twentieth century who personify, in their lives, careers, and philosophies, the rise of the United States of America to global leadership: Franklin D.
The United States is not a preternaturally inward-looking nation, and isolation is not the natural disposition of Americans. A must read any serious history buff, especially for those who remember Roosevelt and Eisenhower personally. But they are also directly applicable to today's foreign policy dilemmas. Terzian, literary editor of the Weekly Standard, describes the impact of Franklin Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower on the dramatic transformation of the United States from a relatively quiet secondary position in the world to its current hyperpower status. Army after the war, before becoming president of Columbia University. Possible ex library copy, thatâll have the markings and stickers associated from the library.
It is alarming how many people wo weren't alive then still demean Ike's presidency and blame him for our getting involved in Viet Nam or buy into the opinion that he was a hand-off president. The more we learn about Ike's presidency, the more we appreciate him although not so much at the time. . . . .
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