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Widmer, Edward L.

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Works: 24 works in 76 publications in 2 languages and 6,999 library holdings
Genres: History  Sources  Biography  Archives  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Pictorial works  Blogs  Bibliography 
Roles: Editor, Contributor
Classifications: E183, 973
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Martin Van Buren by Edward L Widmer ( Book )
5 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 1,424 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 )
2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 1,290 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 John F Kennedy ( Recording )
5 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 1,228 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
Young America the flowering of democracy in New York City by Edward L Widmer ( )
16 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in English and held by 1,136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This study examines the meteoric rise and subsequent disintegration of a vigorous American literary-political movement in the 1840s. Calling itself "Young America," the group found a mouthpiece in "The Democratic Review", a literary magazine funded by the Democratic Party and edited by the brash and charismatic John O'Sullivan. The Review was not only a major voice in American politics, but also sponsored such writers as Nathaniel Hawthorne and Walt Whitman and greatly influenced Herman Melville, before it and Young America faded from the national consciousness after the Mexican-American War
Ark of the liberties : America and the world by Edward L Widmer ( Book )
4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 644 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
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 445 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The New York Times disunion : 106 articles from The New York Times Opinionator ( Book )
3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 366 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 240 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 ( )
9 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 124 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
American speeches ( Book )
3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
(Publisher) Public speeches have profoundly shaped American history and culture, transforming not only our politics but also our language and our sense of national identity. This volume collects the unabridged texts of 83 eloquent and dramatic speeches delivered by 45 American public figures between 1865 and 1997, beginning with Abraham Lincoln's last speech on Reconstruction and ending with Bill Clinton's heartfelt tribute to the Little Rock Nine. During this period American political oratory continued to evolve, as a more conversational style, influenced by the intimacy of radio and television, emerged alongside traditional forms of rhetoric
American speeches ( Book )
5 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
American speeches ( Book )
3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Die geheimen Aufnahmen aus dem Weißen Haus by John F Kennedy ( Book )
2 editions published in 2012 in German and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
American speeches : Political oratory from the Revolution to the Civil War ( Book )
2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Listening in the secret White House recordings of John F. Kennedy ( Recording )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 6 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
Ars omnia tuetur : 25 years of fine printing at Thornwillow Press by Ronald D Patkus ( Book )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Turning point : the Clinton-Gore campaign of 1992 : essays ( Book )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
American speeches political oratory from the Revolution to the Civil War ( Recording )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
This volume (the first of an unprecedented two-volume collection) gathers the unabridged texts of 45 eloquent and dramatic speeches delivered by 32 American public figures between 1761 and 1865, beginning with James Otis's denunciation of unrestrained searches by British customs officials-hailed by John Adams as the beginning of the American Revolution-and ending with Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address. Rich in literary allusions, vivid imagery, and emotional appeals, political oratory flourished during this period in Congress and at campaign rallies, public meetings, and reform conventions, and reached a wider audience through newspapers and pamphlets. Included are Patrick Henry's "liberty or death" speech, George Washington's appeal to mutinous army officers, and Henry Lee's eulogy of Washington. Speeches by John Randolph and Henry Clay capture the political passions of the early republic, while three addresses by Daniel Webster-his first Bunker Hill oration, his second reply to Hayne, and his controversial endorsement of the Compromise of 1850-demonstrate the eloquence that made him the most renowned orator of his time. Speeches by figures who did not hold office are included as well: union leader Ely Moore attacking economic aristocracy; woman's rights speeches by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Sojourner Truth; Henry Highland Garnet's incendiary call for slave rebellion; Frederick Douglass's scathing "What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?" John C. Calhoun's defense of slavery, Charles Sumner's "The Crime Against Kansas," Alexander Stephens' "Corner-Stone" speech, and several speeches by Abraham Lincoln reflect the sectional conflicts that culminated in the Civil War.-http://www.amzon.com
American speeches ( Book )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Martin Van Buren by Edward L Widmer ( Recording )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
The slick and dandyish professional politician Martin Van Buren was to all appearances the opposite of his predecessor, the rugged general and Democratic champion Andrew Jackson. Yet he too had an iron temperament, and he would build a lasting legacy as the architect of the modern Democratic Party.... Despite his short and troubled tenure in office, he fundamentally shaped the politics of the early republic and our modern party system. -Dust jacket
 
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Widmer, Edward L.
Widmer, Ted.
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