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Author Daalder, Ivo H.

Title In the shadow of the Oval Office : profiles of the national security advisers and the presidents they served : from JFK to George W. Bush / Ivo H. Daalder and I.M. Destler.

Publication Info. New York : Simon & Schuster, [2009]


Location Call No. Status
 West Hartford, Noah Webster Library - Non Fiction  355.033 DAALDER    Check Shelf
 Windsor, Main Library - Adult Department  355.033073 DA    Missing
Edition First Simon and Schuster hardcover edition.
Description 386 pages ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 329-368) and index.
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"
Summary 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 in the shadow of the Oval Office, often 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 elite: McGeorge Bundy, Henry Kissinger, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice. Ivo Daalder and Mac 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. They paint vivid portraits of the fourteen men and one woman who have occupied the coveted office in the West Wing, detailing their very different personalities, their relations with their presidents, and their policy successes and failures.
Subject United States. Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs.
Presidents -- United States -- Staff.
United States -- Foreign relations.
National security -- United States.
Added Author Destler, I. M.
ISBN 9781416553199 hardcover
1416553193 hardcover
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