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Nester, William R. 1956-

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Works: 52 works in 412 publications in 2 languages and 21,596 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography 
Roles: Author
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Most widely held works by William R Nester
The great frontier war : Britain, France, and the imperial struggle for North America, 1607-1755 by William R Nester( )

21 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 2,518 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For more than a century and a half, from 1607 to 1763, Britain and France struggled to master the eastern half of North America. They fought five blood-soaked wars and continuously provoked various Indian tribes to raise arms against each other's subjects for the mastery of the land. The last French and Indian War, from 1754 to 1760, would dwarf all previous conflicts in the number of troops, expense, geographical expanse, and total casualties. Placing the French and Indian War in a broad historical context, this study examines the struggle for North America during the two preceding centuries and includes not only the conflict between France and Britain, but also the parts played by various Indian tribes and the other European powers
The first global war : Britain, France, and the fate of North America, 1756-1775 by William R Nester( )

22 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 2,454 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From mountain man to millionaire : the "bold and dashing life" of Robert Campbell by William R Nester( )

19 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in English and held by 1,962 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Exploring the enormous treasure trove of letters, journals, and account books that Campbell left behind, William Nester places Campbell in the context of the times in which he lived, showing the economic, political, social, and cultural forces that provided the opportunities and challenges that shaped his life
The revolutionary years, 1775-1789 : the art of American power during the early republic by William R Nester( )

8 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 1,323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Revolutionary Years, 1775-1789 reveals how the nation's leaders asserted power during the fourteen crucial years from the Revolution's first shots at Lexington in April 1775 to the adoption of the Constitution in 1789. The American Revolution unfolded in two phases: winning independence and then creating "a more perfect union" that guaranteed representation and natural rights for all citizens. To prevail in those struggles, the Founders had to tap and eventually master two powerful historical forces: nationalism and liberalism. National leadership is about balancing a country's interests, power, and policies. Although military battles were relatively infrequent during the leisurely pace of eighteenth-century warfare, political battles were incessant. Those who championed the United States of America triumphed during the sweltering, seemingly endless months in Philadelphia from May to September 1787, when the delegates hammered out the Constitution. With the Constitution's ratification, the Revolution came to a symbolic and substantive end. Ever since, Americans have debated, and at times shed blood over, just what the Founders intended and how to realize those ideals. In the fascinating book, William Nester examines how the Founders' experience in revolution and nation-building caused them to understand leadership as an art--one that ultimately became the distinctive art of American power. -- Inside jacket flap
"Haughty conquerors" : Amherst and the great Indian uprising of 1763 by William R Nester( )

9 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 1,294 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The epic battles for Ticonderoga, 1758 by William R Nester( )

7 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 1,190 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book examines the skirmishes and raids in the months leading up to the battle, discusses Abercromby's campaign in the larger context of British grand strategy for the year 1758, the roles of key military and political figures on both sides, and the conflict's aftermath
The age of Jackson and the art of American power, 1815-1848 by William R Nester( )

7 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 991 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As William Nester asserts in The Age of Jackson, it takes quite a leader to personify an age. A political titan for thirty-three years (1815-1848), Andrew Jackson possessed character, beliefs, and acts that dominated American politics. Although Jackson returned to his Tennessee plantation in March 1837 after serving eight years as president, he continued to overshadow American politics. Two of his proteges, Martin ""the Magician"" van Buren and James ""Young Hickory"" Polk, followed him to the White House and pursued his agenda. Jackson provoked firestorms of political passions throughout his
The Hamiltonian vision, 1789-1800 : the art of American power during the early republic by William R Nester( )

9 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 935 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"William Nester's The Hamiltonian Vision, 1789-1800 offers a comprehensive overview of the most critical period in American history, examining the key events of the era while focusing on the titanic struggle between Hamilton and Jefferson for the soul of America. Nester rightly acknowledges the triumph of Hamilton's vision, for while Hamilton's personal power diminished rapidly during this period, his dreams for the new nation prevailed, launching the United States on the path to superpower status."--Stephen F. Knott, author of Alexander Hamilton and the Persistence of Myth
Hearts, minds, and hydras : fighting terrorism in Afghanistan, Pakistan, America, and beyond : dilemmas and lessons by William R Nester( )

10 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 885 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the publisher. Insurgencies are like the hydra, the many-headed beast of Greek mythology. Once one begins, the measures a government takes to eliminate militants -- to cut off the insurgency's head -- can provoke countless others to join the enemy ranks. Tactical victories often breed strategic defeats. Traditional "search, destroy, and withdraw" missions that rely on firepower to wipe out rebels frequently destroy the livelihoods and loved ones of innocent people caught in the cross fire. U.S. troops have seen the pattern repeated as their initially successful offensives toppled enemy regimes in Afghanistan and Iraq but soon transformed into grueling guerrilla wars. Hearts, Minds, and Hydras outlines the reasons for these worsening situations. The most crucial were self-defeating decisions made by the George W. Bush administration, whose neoconservatism and hubris rather than careful analysis of genuine threats, national interests, and reasonable options shaped its policies. Although the Americans were eventually able to contain and diminish the insurgency in Iraq, the one in Afghanistan not only steadily intensified but also spread into neighboring Pakistan. The near abandonment of the war in Afghanistan and the neoconservative campaign in Iraq were godsends for al Qaeda and all other enemies of the United States. Then, as America's position deteriorated in both wars, the neoconservatives became even more determined to stay the course. William Nester analyzes some of the more prominent dilemmas haunting American policymakers now struggling to win in Afghanistan, fight terrorism in the United States, and reshape their relationship with Pakistan. In doing so, he reveals the nature of that all-too-real monster of insurgency, what feeds it, and how to starve it
Haunted victory : the American crusade to destroy Saddam and impose democracy on Iraq by William R Nester( )

7 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 607 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book presents a concise and comprehensive analysis of the key facets of the Iraq War
Power across the Pacific : a diplomatic history of American relations with Japan by William R Nester( Book )

13 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and German and held by 501 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

America's relationship with Japan recently passed its 140th anniversary. Over those years, hundreds of books and thousands of articles have explored different issues or periods of the relationship. Yet within that vast library no book has analyzed the entire relationship from beginning to present. The void can perhaps be explained by the relationship's complexity and changes over time. Two great cycles of initial partnership and eventual rivalry have shaped American-Japanese relations, one geopolitical (1853-1945) and the other geo-economic (1945 to the present day)
The French and Indian War and the conquest of New France by William R Nester( Book )

7 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 417 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The French and Indian War was the world's first truly global conflict. When the French lost to the British in 1763, they lost their North American empire along with most of their colonies in the Caribbean, India, and West Africa. In The French and Indian War and the Conquest of New France, the only comprehensive account from the French perspective, William R. Nester explains how and why the French were defeated. He explores the fascinating personalities and epic events that shaped French diplomacy, strategy, and tactics and determined North America's destiny."--Publishers website
The foundation of Japanese power : continuities, changes, challenges by William R Nester( Book )

18 editions published between 1990 and 2016 in English and held by 406 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Part IV Japan and the World Into the Twenty-First Century: Nationalism or Internationalism? -- 13 Psycho-Social Internationalism or Nationalism? -- 14 Economic Internationalism or Nationalism? -- Bibliography -- Index
The age of Lincoln and the art of American power, 1848-1876 by William R Nester( )

3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 382 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Although Abraham Lincoln was among seven presidents who served during the tumultuous years between the end of the Mexican War and the end of the Reconstruction era, history has not been kind to the others: Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, and Ulysses S. Grant. In contrast, history sees Abraham Lincoln as a giant in character and deeds. During his presidency, he governed brilliantly, developed the economy, liberated four million people from slavery, reunified the nation, and helped enact the Homestead Act, among other accomplishments. He proved
Napoleon and the art of diplomacy : how war and hubris determined the rise and fall of the French Empire by William R Nester( )

9 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 372 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A small library could be stocked with books written about Napoleon the general, whose battles and campaigns have been studied extensively. Warriors, however, are not generally known for their diplomatic skills and Napoleon Bonaparte is no exception. After all, conquerors are accustomed to imposing rather than negotiating terms. For Napoleon, however, the arts of war and diplomacy meshed. Napoleon was often as brilliant and successful at diplomacy as he was at war, although at times he could also be as disastrous at the diplomatic table as he was on his final battlefield. William R. Nester's Napoleon and the Art of Diplomacy: How War and Hubris Determined the Rise and Fall of the French Empire is the first comprehensive exploration of Napoleon the diplomat and how his abilities in that arena shaped his military campaigns and the rise and fall of the French empire. Napoleon's official diplomatic career lasted nearly two decades and involved relations with scores of kings, queens, ministers, diplomats, and secret agents across Europe and beyond. All those involved asserted their respective state (and often their private) interests across the entire span of international relations in which conflicts over trade and marriage were often inseparable from war and peace. For Napoleon, war and diplomacy were inseparable and complementary for victory. Much of Napoleon's military success was built upon a foundation of alliances and treaties. Although not always at war, Napoleon incessantly practiced diplomacy on a steady stream of international issues. Some of his noteworthy achievements in this arena included his 1797 Treaty of Campo Formio with the Austrians after he defeated them in the Italian campaign; the 1807 Treaty of Tilsit, when he incorporated Tsar Alexander of Russia as his junior partner while France was still at war with Britain; and, the 1812 Conference of Dresden, where the crowned heads of Europe allied with France and opened his massive (and disastrous) invasion of Russia. Nester's masterfully researched and written Napoleon and the Art of Diplomacy fills a gaping hole in Napoleonic literature by providing a vital and heretofore neglected dimension that allows readers to fully understand one of history's most intriguing, complex, and powerful leaders."--Publisher's website
A short history of American industrial policies by William R Nester( Book )

8 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in English and held by 351 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For nearly four centuries, Americans have debated the government's proper role in developing the economy. Some argue that the economy develops the best when government intervenes the least. Others counter that the economy best develops when government and business work together to that end. A Short History of American Industrial Policies analyzes the ideological, political, and industrial policy struggle from the colonial era to the 1990s. To give a complete understanding, both the chronology and process of America's industrial policymaking and policies are explored in depth throughout
Japan and the Third World : patterns, power, prospects by William R Nester( Book )

18 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in English and held by 346 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since 1945, Japan's policymakers have viewed geoeconomic rather than geopolitical influence as the most important source of power in an increasingly interdependent world political economy. Japanese policy toward the Third World is a vital part of its neomercantilist drive to transform Japan into an economic superpower and ensure Japan's comprehensive security. Essentially, Tokyo's Third World policy attempts to diversify Japan's foreign sources of markets, energy, and raw materials as widely as possible while making those sources dependent on Japanese goods, services, technology and capital. Tokyo concentrates on economically and politically penetrating and eventually dominating Third World countries while avoiding taking sides in regional conflicts. Increasingly Tokyo plays a diplomatic go-between role in regional conflicts which allows Japan to continue trading with both sides. Japanese aid remains overwhelmingly tied to sales of Japanese goods and services in the recipient country while lavish "gifts" to that country's political economic elite ensure policies beneficial to Japan. Japan and the Third World analyzes the range of means whereby Tokyo entangles strategic Third World countries and regions into an integrated global political economic web generating enormous wealth and power for Japan
The war for America's natural resources by William R Nester( Book )

7 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 346 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The War for America's Natural Resources analyzes the dynamic among natural resource politics, policies, and philosophies. Each chapter and its sections explores in depth the development of policies toward America's soil, wildlife, water, energy, grasslands, minerals, forests, and air
American power, the new world order, and the Japanese challenge by William R Nester( Book )

11 editions published between 1993 and 1997 in English and held by 325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Cold War is over - Japan won!" How true is this popular perception? Will the next century be Japan's rather than America's? Japan has clearly replaced the USA as the world's most dynamic economic power by most financial, manufacturing and technological measures. Japan's success rate rests on the rejection of liberal economics and the adoption instead of neomercantilist policies which nurture both growing and declining industries through a dynamic mixture of corporate collusion and competition. How important is all this? What does it matter if the USA continues to run deficits while Japan amasses huge surpluses, and surpasses the USA in manufacturing, financial and technological power? Should the USA adopt Japan-style neomercantilism or retain its free-market policies? How does continuing American liberalism and Japanese neomercantilism, and the related tremendous shift in the balance of economic power from the USA to Japan, affect American security? Can America's decline be reversed? The book explores these and related questions concerning US-Japan relations in a rapidly changing, interdependent world
Japanese industrial targeting : the neomercantilist path to economic superpower by William R Nester( Book )

20 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in English and held by 320 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Japan achieved it's present economic position by rejecting free trade theory and instead mastering neomercantilist policies which target strategic industries for development with a range of government sponsored cartels, subsidies, import barriers and export incentives. These policies stimulated an economic growth rate which averaged ten percent before 1973, and five percent since, rates four and two times greater than America's during the same periods. This book analyzes the policy making process, implementation, successes, occasional shortcomings, and challenges posed by Tokyo's neomercantilist policies toward its trade rivals
 
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The great frontier war : Britain, France, and the imperial struggle for North America, 1607-1755
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The first global war : Britain, France, and the fate of North America, 1756-1775From mountain man to millionaire : the "bold and dashing life" of Robert CampbellThe revolutionary years, 1775-1789 : the art of American power during the early republic"Haughty conquerors" : Amherst and the great Indian uprising of 1763The epic battles for Ticonderoga, 1758The Hamiltonian vision, 1789-1800 : the art of American power during the early republicHaunted victory : the American crusade to destroy Saddam and impose democracy on IraqNapoleon and the art of diplomacy : how war and hubris determined the rise and fall of the French EmpireThe war for America's natural resources
Alternative Names
Nester, William 1956-

Nester, William R.

Nester, William Raymond 1956-

Nester, William Raymond 1956- III.

Nester, William Raymond III. 1956-

Languages
English (232)

German (1)