Presenter: Joan Hoff

Date: Monday, April 11

Time: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: Holiday Inn: 5 East Baxter Lane.

Among the topics covered in this presentation are these: The most important decision any president makes is to go to war. The development of the atomic bomb and nuclear weapons during the Cold War increased presidential power and a penchant for secrecy when making war. Most presidents have not told the truth when taking the nation to war. The country has now been on a continuous war alert since 1945 or for almost 70 years. Ironically, waging a successful war is the best way for a president to ensure a positive legacy.

Joan-HoffPresenter Bio:  Joan Hoff is Research Professor of History at MSU. A specialist in the American presidency, U.S. foreign policy and politics, and women’s legal history, she is the former Director of the Contemporary History Institute at Ohio University, former Director of the Center for the Study of the Presidency in New York and former Executive Director of the Organization of American Historians. Her latest book, Faustian Foreign Policy from Woodrow Wilson to George W. Bush, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Other books include: Nixon Reconsidered; Herbert Hoover:


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