On June 12, Future Forum (a sister organization to Texas Forums at the LBJ Library) hosted an evening with Michael Beschloss in discussion about his most recent book, Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America, 1789-1989.
I just received the signed copy that my brother picked up for me so I haven’t read it, yet, but these snippets from the preface make me want to set aside my other work and just curl up with this book and a cup of tea. (especially on this drizzly gray day!)
“This book shows how American Presidents have, at crucial moments, made courageous decisions for the national interest although they knew they might be jeopardizing their careers.”
“The political culture of our time–the instant communications, polls and oceans of money–may inhibit future American leaders from performing such well-considered acts of bravery. Recalling how some of our Presidents past struggled to make vital decisions that ultimately proved to be both wise and courageous should inspire us always to expect more.”