Magazine December 29, 2008, Issue

Lincoln, Churchill, Bush?

President George W. Bush pauses during remarks about the War on Terror to the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention in Orlando, Florida August 20, 2008. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
Of the president’s strengths and weaknesses as supreme commander

During his August vacation at his Texas ranch in 2002, George W. Bush was said to be spending the hours not spent cutting brush immersed in Eliot A. Cohen’s Supreme Command. The book presents an argument about the proper course of civil-military relations together with four case studies of the masters of wartime leadership: Lincoln, Churchill, Clemenceau, and Ben-Gurion. Whatever wisdom the president may have extracted from his studies, the effort suggests that, during the summer before the invasion of Iraq, he intuited the challenges he would face and set a high standard for meeting them. 

Perhaps even this never-look-back man

In This Issue


Books, Arts & Manners


Never Give In

The British media now and again run polls to ask who are the greatest Englishmen of all time, and Winston Churchill invariably comes out on top.

His Uncle’s Son

Lessons from My Uncle James provides real-world examples of how bedrock civilizing principles are passed on — or, as James Louis himself might put it, how a boy is raised ...


The Week

The Week

Hillary Clinton paid $36 million for her Senate seat, but Obama’s was on the market for a mere $150,000.


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