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In the shadow of the Oval Office : profiles of the national security advisers and the presidents they served : from JFK to George W. Bush

Author: Ivo H Daalder; I M Destler
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover edView all editions and formats
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The most solemn obligation of any president is to safeguard the nation's security--but the president cannot do this alone. He needs help. In the past half century, presidents have relied on their national security advisers to provide that help. Who are these people, the powerful officials who operate out of public view and accountable only to the presidents who put them there? Some remain obscure even to this day,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ivo H Daalder; I M Destler
ISBN: 9781416553199 1416553193
OCLC Number: 232979162
Description: 386 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: "The president needs help" --
"You can't beat brains" --
"You don't tell anybody" --
"I would never be bored" --
"Serious mistakes were made" --
"Brent doesn't want anything" --
"You have to drive the process" --
"I'm a gut player" --
"Trust is the coin of the realm."
Responsibility: Ivo H. Daalder and I.M. Destler.
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The most solemn obligation of any president is to safeguard the nation's security--but the president cannot do this alone. He needs help. In the past half century, presidents have relied on their national security advisers to provide that help. Who are these people, the powerful officials who operate out of public view and accountable only to the presidents who put them there? Some remain obscure even to this day, but quite a number have names that resonate far beyond the foreign policy élite: McGeorge Bundy, Henry Kissinger, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice. Daalder and Destler provide the first inside look at how presidents from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush have used their national security advisers to manage America's engagements with the outside world.--From publisher description.

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