About the Book
With a military professional’s appreciation of national security realities, an historian’s eye for important details, keen insight into the art of statecraft based upon personal experience, and a novelist’s interest in human drama, Stephen M. Duncan has crafted a fascinating narrative of the political will of each of our modern presidents on matters involving our nation’s security. He examines how the presidents balanced national security interests and political expediency in dealing with the wars and other security crises of their day. Using the leadership of Winston Churchill as the standard, he shines a bright light on the particular difficulties, successes, and failures of each president in performing his first and most important duty.
This insightful, provocative and very timely book is must reading for everyone who cares about our presidential leadership in a dangerous world and it will appeal to Americans of all political persuasions.
STEPHEN M. DUNCAN served as Assistant Secretary of Defense in two presidential administrations and as the Pentagon’s senior drug war official. He is a decorated Vietnam veteran with more than forty years of active and Reserve naval service and the recipient of two awards of the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service. He has been a senior executive in two defense industry advanced technology companies, a federal criminal prosecutor, a partner in major law firms, and the Director of the Institute for Homeland Security Studies at the National Defense University. He is the author of five other books and many articles on the law and national security matters. Duncan is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He was awarded a Master of Arts Degree in Government by Dartmouth College and a Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree by the University of Colorado. He is currently a member of the faculty of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins University.