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

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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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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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Product Details

  • 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: 5.7 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,744,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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A must read any serious history buff, especially for those who remember Roosevelt and Eisenhower personally. 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. I am on my third reading of the book and it won't be the last reading, I'm sure.
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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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How American greatness was shepherded by two American giants. What a world we have lost!
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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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