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Architects of Power: Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and the American Century (Brief Encounters) Hardcover – June 8, 2010

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  • Series: Brief Encounters
  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Encounter Books; 1 edition (June 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594033781
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594033780
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,475,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. Though vastly different in upbringing and early experiences, Roosevelt and Eisenhower shared, says Terzian, a firm belief in American resources and American capabilities. 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. 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. 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. (June)
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About the Author

Philip Terzian has been a political and cultural journalist for nearly forty years. 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. Since 2005, he has been Literary Editor of the Weekly Standard. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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Philip Terzian is Literary Editor of The Weekly Standard in Washington, DC. Born and raised in Kensington, Md., he attended the Sidwell Friends School in Washington and holds a BA in English from Villanova. He has done graduate work in history at Oxford and in theology at the Episcopal Theological Seminary in Virginia. While still an undergraduate he was a speechwriter for Democratic National Chairman Lawrence O'Brien. As a journalist for nearly 40 years, he has worked at the Anniston Star in Alabama and the Lexington Herald in Kentucky, the Reuters Washington bureau, was assistant editor of The New Republic, assistant editor of the editorial pages at the Los Angeles Times, and editor of the editorial pages at The Providence Journal. At the Journal he also wrote a twice-weekly op-ed column, syndicated by the Scripps Howard News Service for nearly 20 years, and was a Pulitzer finalist in commentary. During 1978-79 he was a speechwriter for Secretary of State Cyrus Vance. He is a member of the American Council on Germany, has been a media fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford, and a Pulitzer juror in commentary and international reporting. He has been a contributor to The Wall Street Journal, Times Literary Supplement, Harper's, Commentary, Commonweal, The New Criterion, The Washington Post, The American Spectator, The London Daily Telegraph, and numerous other publications. He is also an amateur jazz pianist, collector of antiquarian books and manuscripts, and a whipper-in of the Wolver Beagles of Middleburg, Va. For several years he was the voice of Franklin D. Roosevelt for the FDR Library in Hyde Park, NY. Married to the former Grace Paine of Nashville, Tenn., who is VP/Communications at the Hudson Institute in Washington, he is the father of one son, Hillman, a student at Eastern Virginia Medical School, a one daughter, Gracie, an undergraduate at the University of Virginia, and lives in the Virginia suburbs of Washington.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ann Marlowe on August 3, 2010
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Phil Terzian's pointillist portraits of FDR and Eisnhower are riveting in and of themselves. They are a model of great learning lightly worn (check out the frightening bibliography). But they are also directly applicable to today's foreign policy dilemmas. When Terzian writes, "The stated reasons for American participation in World War I ..were legitimate, to be sure, but they failed to define any fundamental American interest in the war's outcome", he might be writing about Afghanistan today. When he says, "Pearl Harbor...exploded the notion that self-sufficiency and generous impulses were sufficient to defend America" he might be talking of another more recent surprise attack on the U.S.. None of this is heavy handed or partisan, and Terzian has a magical gift for making his ideological points persuasively and with exemplary civility. A small gem.
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After reading author Philip Terzian's bio I feel quite inadequate to critique his book. But here goes anyway. His assessment of FDR and Ike are right on target. The more we learn about Ike's presidency, the more we appreciate him although not so much at the time. It seems like more happened between 1952 and 1960 than we realize. 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. What I find so infuriating about his book is his total blindness to Harry Truman, Dean Acheson, George Marshall and the seven years after FDR's death and Ike's election. Lots happened Mr. Terzian and certainly Truman was more a defender of the peace than was Ike even "boots on the ground" in Korea as opposed to ignoring the Hungarians in 1956.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Roger Hamburg on August 14, 2010
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A glance at the book shows its explantory power.The urge to make sweeping prouncements in an age of 24/7 cable and the omnipresent internet and "sound bites" for the blagosphere obscure the undeniable fact that presidential power is NOT always about ringing pronouncements made FOR DOMESTIC-AND PARTISAN effect that may come back to haunt you.Vietnam for JFK and LBJ illustrates that.I try to focus on what the Russian call "za kulisami"-behind the scenes.This may not be perfect transparency but it is sometimes neceassary-even imperative!
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