By Edith Gelles

“Fascinating...Gelles has supplied a balanced portrait, and her mastery of the period’s matters and historical past is clear on each web page. Her remedy of the family... [is] written with realizing and sensitivity... however it is her energy as a feminist historian that makes her remedy of Abigail the main gripping... masterful and captivating.”
Washington Times

“A landmark... Well-organized and expertly composed, the ebook is a powerful addition to the nation’s written history.”
Oklahoma urban Oklahoman

Readers who loved Doris Kearns Goodwin’s No usual Time, Cokie Roberts’s Founding Mothers, and David McCullough’s John Adams will love “this eminently readable… fascinating and delicate, but candid and unflinching joint biography” (Daniel Walker Howe, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of the US, 1815-1848) of America’s unique “power couple”: Abigail and John Adams.

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In the case of Harry truman, personality trumped political considerations. the pragmatism and arguably the courage of truman the PersonaLitY of coVert action • 29 is exemplified by his willingness to suffer massive public criticism over his decision to do “nothing” about the communist takeover of China in the late 1940s, even as the CIA was secretly sponsoring extensive clandestine warfare against the communist regime. Presidential personality and attitude may be seen to play an even stronger role in covert warfare—where the president’s autonomy is even more pronounced.

Kennedy had welcomed a multitude of opinions in his meetings; Johnson had not. 46 Successive presidents would shift between these two poles, largely based on their own personalities and character. over time and with successive presidents, that formal National Security Council advisory structure established by President truman evolved into a matter of personal chemistry, involving one or two preeminently trusted advisors—which was particularly visible during the Nixon and reagan administrations.

McCone responded that he would be sending Donovan back to Cuba at the end of April. Following that visit mcCone characterized Castro’s tone as mild, frank, and conciliatory. S. Castro did not know how to proceed, so it had been impossible to discuss the subject with Donovan. In may 1963, for apparently the first time, discussion at a covert operations overview meeting (by the oversight group Special Group Augmented) included remarks by National Security Advisor mcGeorge Bundy, to the effect that they were facing the prospect that it might be impossible to get rid of Castro.

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