Faculty Book: Andrew Polsky

Andrew J. Polsky

Elusive Victories: The American Presidency at War
(Oxford University Press, 2012)

This fascinating study of six wartime presidents provides lessons about the limits of the power of the White House during armed conflict. Polsky examines Abraham Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, showing how each gravely overestimated his power as commander-in-chief. With insight and clarity, he identifies overarching issues that will inform current and future policymakers. The single most important dynamic, he writes, is the erosion of a president’s freedom of action: each decision propels him down a path from which he cannot turn back. In the final chapter, Polsky examines Obama’s options in light of these conclusions, and considers how the experiences of the past might inform the world we face now. Andrew J. Polsky (Prof., Hunter) is on the doctoral faculty in political science.

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Submitted on: AUG 21, 2012

Category: Faculty Books | Political Science