Book Discussion on Commander in Chief

Geoffrey Perret talked about his book, Commander in Chief: How Truman, Johnson, and Bush Turned a Presidential Power Into a Threat to… read more

Geoffrey Perret talked about his book, Commander in Chief: How Truman, Johnson, and Bush Turned a Presidential Power Into a Threat to America’s Future, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. In his book Geoffrey Perret, a presidential and military historian, looks at the expansion of the executive privilege incurred in the presidencies of Harry Truman, Lyndon Johnson, and George W. Bush. Mr. Perret said that each president misread the need to have a strong executive branch and this led to what the author called unwinnable wars in Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq. He talked about each president individually and about the advisers with whom he surrounded himself. close

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Book Discussion on Commander in Chief

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197570-1
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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
May 26, 2007
Last Aired:
May 28, 2007

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  • May 26, 2007 | 8:01am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • May 28, 2007 | 11:00am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • May 28, 2007 | 11:02pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
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