The Awesome Power: Harry S. Truman as Commander in Chief

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LSU Press, 1999年3月1日 - 359 頁

Since World War II the importance of the military command function of the American presidency has increased dramatically. U.S. chief executives have emerged virtually unchecked as wielders of enormous military power.The Awesome Power, the first comprehensive study of Harry S. Truman as commander in chief, is an important and highly relevant book, especially in view of the growing concern over the president's ability to wage war without the consent of either the Congress or the American people. A selective chronicle of the events in which Truman's decisions were of historic significance, the book analyzes his decision-making process in terms of the information available to him, the existing pressures, and the relationship of his decisions to his own well-defined concepts of how a commander in chief should function.The author gives a detailed account of the events and circumstances leading up to Truman's most significant decision -- to use the atomic bomb against Japan. He also examines Truman's decisions on postwar civilian control of atomic energy, his intervention in Korea, his leadership in the Cold War, and his conflict with General Douglas MacArthur, whose opposition to the president's limited-war policies endangered the very basis of the civil-military relationship.Based in part on research in classified documents previously untapped by nongovernmental researchers, The Awesome Power is a thorough treatment of a subject of great contemporary significance, with one of the most fascinating characters in American political history as its central figure.

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1The Clause
3
2The Apprentice
14
3The Steward
26
4The DecisionMaker
46
5The Guardian
63
6The Reformer I
79
7The Reformer II
93
8 The Cold Warrior I
116
10The Intervener
154
11The Policeman I
184
12 The Policeman II
213
13The Defender of the Faith
241
14 The Commander in Chief
264
Notes
271
List of Sources
335
Index
347

9The Cold Warrior II
135

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關於作者 (1999)

Richard F. Haynes, a native of Boston, was professor of American history at Northeast Louisiana University.

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