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Author Bueno de Mesquita, Bruce, 1946- author.

Title The spoils of war : greed, power, and the conflicts that made our greatest presidents / Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith.

Publication Info. New York : PublicAffairs, [2016]

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Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor    355 BUE    Available
 PAS Linda Vista Branch Non-Fiction    355 BUE    Available
Edition First edition.
Description xvi, 292 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Summary "It's striking how many of the presidents Americans venerate--Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and John F. Kennedy, to name a few--oversaw some of the republic's bloodiest years. Perhaps it's because they looked out for important political causes. Or maybe they just looked out for themselves. This revealing and entertaining book puts some of America's greatest 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, 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 reforms that may make the future better. In this book, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith show that even leaders who proclaim the loftiest of intentions have concerns and motives that are far less pure than we might like. You'll never look at politics the same way again"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-275) and index.
Subject Presidents -- United States -- History.
United States -- History, Military.
United States -- Politics and government.
United States -- Military policy.
War and emergency powers -- United States -- History.
Avarice -- Political aspects -- United States -- History.
Power (Social sciences) -- United States -- History.
Added Author Smith, Alastair, 1967- co-author.
ISBN 9781610396622 (hardback)
1610396626 (hardback)

 
    
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