War, Presidents and Public Opinion (Paperback)-John Mueller
Selected in 1995 as one of the "Fifty Books That Significantly Shaped Public Opinion Research, 1946-1995" by the American Association for Public Opinion Research.
Recipient in 2007 of the first Warren J. Mitofsky Award for Excellence in Public Opinion Research, presented by the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research
In War, Presidents and Public Opinion, some of the most deeply-held assumptions about what the American people think of their involvement in the Vietnamese war turn out to be unsupportable. For example, it is possible that the anti-war protest during Vietnam increased the popularity of the war (chapter 6), and the wars in Korea and Vietnam, contrary to many opinions, were disproportionately supported by the college-educated and by the young (chapter 5).
Using a comparative approach to the subject, Mueller shows how polling results are often misused in the press and by politicians. His rigorous analysis of public opinion poll data leads to new conclusions on attitudes toward war and the Presidents who led us into and out of these conflicts. And in turn, it should force the fair-minded to make a change in some previously-held convictions.
Highly readable well-organized, uncompromising--War, Presidents and Public Opinion may well become the basic reference work on public opinion and war.
This is a truly seminal book...brimming with ideas, all expressed in such a way that they are easily accessible to nontechnical readers and still sophisticated enough to engage the more technically inclined.
Lee Sigelman, George Washington University
A useful and provocative book, and, I should add, one written with clarity and wit.
Howard Schuman, University of Michigan
John Mueller's classic study remains the best analysis of public response to the Korean and Vietnam wars. It effectively refutes old myths and deserves a wide reading.
George Herring, University of Kentucky
Mueller combines caution with a sense of humor. The book is serious, but not ponderous, and can be recommended to anyone with a serious interest in American politics.
James W. Davis, Jr., Harvard University
Few books convey as effectively as this one the intellectual excitement and joy of discovery that can accompany scholarly inquiry...lucid and lively...a classic.
American Political Science Review
John Mueller is Professor of Political Science at Ohio State University where he moved from the University of Rochester in 2000. His later books, several of which have also won prizes, include Astaire Dancing (1985), Retreat from Doomsday(1989), Policy and Opinion in the Gulf War (1994), Quiet Cataclysm (1995),Capitalism, Democracy, and Ralph's Pretty Good Grocery (1999), The Remnants of War (2004), Overblown (2006), and Atomic Obsession: Nuclear Alarmism from Hiroshima to Al Qaeda (2010). He has also published numerous articles in scholarly journals and general magazines and newspapers, is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has been a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow.
ISBN: 1-934849-14-6 ISBN13: 978-1-934849-14-9
Reprinted 2009 by Zip Publishing/The Educational Publisher Columbus, Ohio www.zippublishing.com
This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 13 October, 2010.