This is a two-part story about President Benjamin Harrison's Italian Crisis. Part one appeared July 6, 2003

July 13, 2003

To read more about this and other crises which the Chief Executive got the country into, we suggest:
 Presidenial Machismo by Alexander DeConde
Harry Truman stated that in his time the American presidency had become "the greatest and most important office in the history of the world. Its war power he alleged would have made Ceasar or Genghis Kahn envious. This book explores how presidents accumulated this power, focusing on their penchant for using military force unilaterally and their reasons for doing so. Some experts on the presidency believe that the office's "real potency does not show on the face of the Constitution" but in the presonality of the individual in the White House." Other maintain that the impact of personality on how the president functions has grown beyond constitutional constraints. You will be surprised at how many of our presidents, through ego or stupidity, brought us to the brink of war. You will be more suprised and shocked to learn the trivial reasons for these near-conflicts.
6" x 9 391 pages, index, paperbound
#431 Presidential Machismo $22.95

Here are two volumes containing reproductions of Flashbacks cartoons:

 A Cartoon of the District of Columbia Flashbacks Volume One Patrick M. Reynolds brings history to life with a sense of humor. His exciting drawings put you on the scene with the conflicts, madness, plus the wheeling and dealing that resulted in the location and construction of the U.S. capital city. This book covers the early history of DC from 1776 to 1863. You'll be surprised at how many cities served as the U.S. capital; you'll be amazed that the city was built--despite all the bickering, petty jealousies, and down-right stupidity.
11¾" x 7½" 106 pages, full color illustrations, index,
paperbound ISBN 0-932514-31-6
#F1 Cartoon History of DC $25.00Cartoon History of DC
  DC Neighborhoods Flashbacks Vol. Two Artist-writer Patrick M. Reynolds takes you to the Washington that tourists seldom see The U.S. capital expanded with the growth of public transportation into such areas as Shepard Park, Takoma Park, Chevy Chase, Kalorama, Dupont Circle, Adams Morgan, Capital Hill, LDroit Park, Tenleytown, Brookland, and others. Stories in this book go back to the explorations of Capt. John Smith in the 1600s and the Indian Wars of early Virginia, continuing into the 20th century with the introduction of the cherry trees to Washington and the end of segregation in public schools.
11¾" x 7½" 106 pages, full color illustrations, index, paperbound ISBN 0-932514-31-6
#F2 Cartoon History of DC $14.95

Previous weeks' stories and references: Combat Artists...The Ghost Army of WWII... Artists in War The Limb Maker...Duke Ellington...Ferries Across the Chessie .. Ninian Beall Sequence.....UFOs Over Washington Culpeper of Virginia...The Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918...Indians of the Eastern Shore of MD & VA...Black Confederates... Pirates on the Chesapeake...Ghost stories...Silver Spring MD...Clovers...Hoover Airport...Slavery...President Garfield

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