The Spoils of War: Greed, Power, and the Conflicts That Made Our Greatest Presidents (2020)

The Spoils of War: Greed, Power, and the Conflicts That Made Our Greatest Presidents Bruce Bueno De Mesquita Alastair Smith The Spoils of War Greed Power and the Conflicts That Made Our Greatest Presidents How would we remember Abraham Lincoln if not for the Civil War This may seem like a silly question Lincoln is applauded for starting a war over a moral outrage he couldn t bear so there s little reas
  • Title: The Spoils of War: Greed, Power, and the Conflicts That Made Our Greatest Presidents
  • Author: Bruce Bueno De Mesquita Alastair Smith
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  • Page: 297
  • Format: Kindle Edition
The Spoils of War: Greed, Power, and the Conflicts That Made Our Greatest Presidents Bruce Bueno De Mesquita Alastair Smith How would we remember Abraham Lincoln if not for the Civil War This may seem like a silly question Lincoln is applauded for starting a war over a moral outrage he couldn t bear, so there s little reason to imagine his legacy without it Yet when political scientists Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith examine the facts, a different picture emerges Lincoln did littlHow would we remember Abraham Lincoln if not for the Civil War This may seem like a silly question Lincoln is applauded for starting a war over a moral outrage he couldn t bear, so there s little reason to imagine his legacy without it Yet when political scientists Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith examine the facts, a different picture emerges Lincoln did little to take on slavery before Dred Scott proved that the political climate was changing Seeing an opportunity, Lincoln began sowing the seeds of political disunion, thus making himself a serious presidential contender It was a strategy that paid off for Lincoln, in his career, his finances, and his historical legacy But he also dragged out the war, taking an enormous human toll in the process.And it isn t just Lincoln Indeed, it s striking how many of the presidents Americans most venerate Lincoln, Washington, FDR, and JFK, to name a few oversaw some of the republic s bloodiest years.One after another, Bueno de Mesquita and Smith put America s great leaders under the microscope, showing how their calls for war, usually remembered as brave and noble, were in fact selfish and convenient In every case and in many others not covered here our presidents chose personal gain over national interest while loudly evoking justice and freedom The result is an eye opening retelling of American history and a call for reform.Neither pacifists nor war hawks, the authors instead argue for a transparent dialogue between politicians and the people they are meant to serve By offering concrete policy changes for instance, abolishing the electoral college , they suggest a way in which such transparency a notion most of us have long since given up hope imagining could be brought about This is an entertaining and persuasive debunking of some venerated national myths, and proof that we d be better off without them.
The Spoils of War: Greed, Power, and the Conflicts That Made Our Greatest Presidents Bruce Bueno De Mesquita Alastair Smith

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One thought on “The Spoils of War: Greed, Power, and the Conflicts That Made Our Greatest Presidents

  1. Alex MacMillan

    Whenever the Catholic Church considers sainthood for someone, they first appoint a Devil s Advocate to see whether they can successfully tear down the canonization In this highly flawed book, the authors try their best to do the same thing to US Presidents Their cynicism explains everything approach to political science may have made sense for understanding how authoritarian regimes operate, but is a completely naive and myopic way to explain policy choices in a democracy To me their criticisms [...]

  2. Christopher

    George Washington reconsidered as a sleazy real estate speculator Who can t love that Or, how to reevaluate all the iconic presidents of American history as warm up acts for the current imperial kleptocracy aborning.

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