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Widmer, Edward L.

Overview
Works: 34 works in 112 publications in 3 languages and 7,963 library holdings
Genres: History  Sources  Biography  Archives  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Pictorial works  Blogs  Speeches  Charters and articles of incorporation 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Compiler, Contributor
Classifications: E183, 973
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Most widely held works by Edward L Widmer
Martin Van Buren by Edward L Widmer( Book )

8 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 1,434 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first president born after America's independence ushers in a new era of no-holds-barred democracy The first "professional politician" to become president, the slick and dandyish Martin Van Buren was to all appearances the opposite of his predecessor, the rugged general and Democratic champion Andrew Jackson. Van Buren, a native Dutch speaker, was America's first ethnic president as well as the first New Yorker to hold the office, at a time when Manhattan was bursting with new arrivals. A sharp and adroit political operator, he established himself as a powerhouse in New York, becoming a U.S. senator, secretary of state, and vice president under Jackson, whose election he managed. His ascendancy to the Oval Office was virtually a foregone conclusion. Once he had the reins of power, however, Van Buren found the road quite a bit rougher. His attempts to find a middle ground on the most pressing issues of his day-such as the growing regional conflict over slavery-eroded his effectiveness. But it was his inability to prevent the great banking panic of 1837, and the ensuing depression, that all but ensured his fall from grace and made him the third president to be denied a second term. His many years of outfoxing his opponents finally caught up with him. Ted Widmer, a veteran of the Clinton White House, vividly brings to life the chaos and contention that plagued Van Buren's presidency-and ultimately offered an early lesson in the power of democracy. A portrait of the mid-nineteenth-century president considers his roles as the first president born after American independence, the first ethnic president, and the first New Yorker to hold the office, describing his failed efforts to control such issues as slavery and the great banking panic of 1837
American speeches( Book )

3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 1,297 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collects the unabridged texts of important speeches, including Patrick Henry's "liberty or death" speech, women's rights speeches by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Grover Cleveland's address dedicating the Statue of Liberty
Listening in : the secret White House recordings of John F. Kennedy by Edward L Widmer( Recording )

9 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 1,194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In July 1962, in an effort to preserve an accurate record of presidential decision-making in a highly charged atmosphere of conflicting viewpoints, strategies, and tactics, John F. Kennedy installed hidden recording systems in the Oval Office and in the Cabinet Room. The result is a priceless historical archive comprising some 265 hours of taped material> JFK was elected president when civil rights tensions were near the boiling point, and Americans feared a nuclear war. Confronted with complex dilemmas necessitating swift and unprecedented action, President Kennedy engaged in intense discussion and debate with his cabinet members and other advisors. Now, in conjunction with the fiftieth anniversary of the Kennedy presidency, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and historian Ted Widmer have carefully selected the most compelling and important of these remarkable recordings onto two 75-minute CDs for the first time. Listening In represents a uniquely unscripted, insider account of a president and his cabinet grappling with the day-to-day business of the White House and guiding the nation through a hazardous era of uncertainty. Accompanied by extensively annotated transcripts of the recordings and with a foreword by Caroline Kennedy, Listening In delivers the story behind the story in the unguarded words and voices of the decision-makers themselves. Listening In covers watershed events, including the Cuban Missile Crisis, the space Race, Vietnam, and the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, and offers fascinating glimpses into the intellectual methodology of a president and his brilliant, eclectic brain trust
Ark of the liberties : America and the world by Edward L Widmer( Book )

5 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and held by 609 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The collapse of America's standing in world opinion over the past eight years has been catastrophic. Ted Widmer, scholar and former speechwriter for President Clinton, reminds us why America had so far to fall. In a sweeping history of centuries, he recounts America's ambition to be the world's guarantor of liberty--a success story that America, and the world, forgets at its peril. Fully addressing America's disastrous occupation of Iraq, this book colorfully narrates America's long, complex history of expanding world liberty. The founding generation imbued America with an ambition that a series of remarkable presidents, primarily Wilson to FDR to Clinton, wielded American power to advance. The book brims with insights: America's centuries-long favorable relationship with the Middle East; why Wilson's presidency deserves reappraisal; Bill Clinton's underappreciated achievements; and how America's long history of foreign policy immediately touches on the choices we face in 2008.--From publisher description
Young America : the flowering of democracy in New York City by Edward L Widmer( Book )

20 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in English and held by 535 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This study examines the meteoric career of a vigorous intellectual movement rising out of the Age of Jackson. As Americans argued over their destiny in the decades preceding the Civil War, an out-spoken new generation of "ultrademocratic" writers entered the fray, staking out positions on politics, literature, art, and any other territory they could annex. They called themselves Young America - and they proclaimed a "Manifest Destiny" to push back frontiers in every category of achievement. Their swagger found a natural home in New York City, already bursting at the seams and ready to take on the world
Campaigns : a century of presidential races from the photo archives of the New York Times by Alan Brinkley( Book )

4 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 418 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of photographs from the archives of "The New York Times," that chronicle the history of presidential campaigns throughout the twentieth century
The New York Times disunion : 106 articles from The New York Times Opinionator by Clay Risen( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 328 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Modern historians revisit and reconsider the Civil War from Lincoln's election to the Emancipation Proclamation."
American speeches : political oratory from Patrick Henry to Barack Obama( Book )

3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Public oratory has profoundly shaped American history and culture-- not only our politics but our language and our sense of national identity. Here is the complete text of forty-seven of the greatest speeches in American history
Ark of the liberties : America and the world by Edward L Widmer( )

10 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The United States stands at a historic crossroads; essential to the world yet unappreciated. America's decline in popularity over the last eight years has been nothing short of astonishing. With wit, brilliance, and deep affection, Ted Widmer, a scholar and a former presidential speechwriter, reminds everyone why this great nation had so far to fall. In a sweeping history of centuries, America's ambition to be the world's guarantor of liberty is recounted. It is a success story that America, and the world, forgets at its peril. From the Declaration of Independence to the Gettysburg Address to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United States, for all its shortfalls, has been by far the world's greatest advocate for freedom. Generations of founders imbued America with a surprisingly global ambition that a series of remarkable presidents, often Democratic, advanced through the confident wielding of military and economic power. This book shares such new insights as America's centuries-long favorable relationship with the Middle East; why Wilson's presidency deserves reappraisal; Bill Clinton's underappreciated achievements; how America's long history of foreign policy immediately touches on the choices we face in 2008. Fully addressing America's disastrous occupation of Iraq, this book colorfully narrates America's long and laudatory history of expanding world liberty
The New York Times disunion : a history of the Civil War( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Between 2011 and 2015, the Opinion section of The New York Times published Disunion, a series marking the long string of anniversaries around the Civil War, the most destructive, and most defining, conflict in American history. The works were startling in their range and direction, some taking on major topics, like the Gettysburg Address and the Battle of Fredericksburg, while others tackled subjects whose seemingly incidental quality yielded unexpected riches and new angles. Some come from the country's leading historians; others from those for whom the war figured in private ways, involving an ancestor or a letter found in a trunk. Disunion received wide acclaim for featuring some of the most original thinking about the Civil War in years. For millions of readers, Disunion came to define the Civil War sesquicentennial. Now the historian Ted Widmer, along with Clay Risen and George Kalogerakis of The New York Times, has curated a collection of these pieces, covering the entire history of the Civil War, from Lincoln's election to Appomattox and beyond. Moving chronologically and thematically across all four years of hostilities, this comprehensive and engrossing work examines secession, slavery, battles, and domestic and global politics. Here are previously unheard voices-of women, freed African Americans, and Native Americans-alongside those of Lincoln, Grant, and Lee, portrayed in human as well as historical scale. David Blight sheds light on how Frederick Douglass welcomed South Carolina's secession-an event he knew would catapult the abolitionist movement into the spotlight; Elizabeth R. Varon explores how both North and South clamored to assert that the nation's "ladies," symbolic of moral purity, had sided with them; Harold Holzer deciphers Lincoln's official silence between his election to the presidency and his inauguration-what his supporters named "masterful inactivity"-and the effects it had on the splintering country,"--Amazon.com
The New York Times disunion : 106 articles from the New York Times Opinionator : modern historians revisit and reconsider the Civil War from Lincoln's election to the Emancipation Proclamation by Edward L Widmer( Book )

3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offers over one hundred articles from the popular New York Times blog by scholars, historians, and Civil War buffs on the significant events of the Civil War, from Lincoln's presidential victory to the Emancipation proclamation
American speeches : political oratory from Abraham Lincoln to Bill Clinton( Book )

9 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains the unabridged texts of eighty-three speeches by Americans such as Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Franklin Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, Jr., Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton, presented in chronological order from 1865 to 1997
Brown : the history of an idea by Edward L Widmer( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American speeches : Political oratory from the Revolution to the Civil War( Book )

6 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume includes the unabridged test of 45 eloquent and dramatic speeches delivered by 32 American public figures between 1761 and 1865. Included are speeches by James Otis, Patrick Henry, George Washington, Henry Lee, John Randolph, Henry Clay, and many more
Die geheimen Aufnahmen aus dem Weißen Haus by John F Kennedy( Book )

2 editions published in 2012 in German and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A lively experiment : reflections on the Charter of 1663 : One document. A world of change. by Rhode Island 1663 Colonial Charter Commission( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Young America : democratic cultural nationalism in antebellum New York by Edward L Widmer( )

4 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Listening in : the secret White House recordings of John F. Kennedy by Caroline Kennedy( Recording )

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

A uniquely unscripted, insider account of Kennedy and his cabinet grappling with the day-to-day business of the White House and guiding the nation through a hazardous era of uncertainty
Medhør : John F. Kennedys hemmelige optagelser fra det Hvide Hus( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in Danish and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Turning point : the Clinton-Gore campaign of 1992 : essays( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Alternative Names
Edward L. Widmer American historian

Edward L. Widmer Amerikaans historicus

Widmer, Edward L.

Widmer, Ted.

Languages
English (93)

German (2)

Danish (2)

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American speechesArk of the liberties : America and the worldYoung America : the flowering of democracy in New York CityCampaigns : a century of presidential races from the photo archives of the New York TimesAmerican speeches : political oratory from Patrick Henry to Barack ObamaArk of the liberties : America and the worldAmerican speeches : political oratory from Abraham Lincoln to Bill ClintonAmerican speeches : Political oratory from the Revolution to the Civil War