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Don't know much about the American presidents : everything you need to know about the most powerful office on Earth and the men who have occupied it

by Davis, Kenneth C.

Format: Print Book 2014
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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Andrew Bayne Memorial Library Nonfiction 973 Davi
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Millvale Community Library Adult Non Fiction 973.09 DAV
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Summary
Following his previous 'Don't Know Much About' bestselling releases, Kenneth Davis turns his attention to what is arguably the most important and most fascinating subject in American history: their presidents. From the heated debates over executive powers when those framers improvised the office in the steamy summer of 1787 though the curious election of George Washington in 1789, up through the meteoric rise of Barack Obama, the first African-American commander in chief, the presidency has been at the heart of American history.
Contents
The making of the President-1787
Presidential profiles: the life and times of America's chief executives from George Washington to Barack Obama
What should we do with the President?

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this presidential election year, bestselling author Davis (Don't Know Much About History) returns with an absorbing take on the American presidency. Like his previous works, this hefty but breezy compendium offers brief assessments of America's chief executives, accompanied here by quotes (often clipped from inauguration speeches), a timeline featuring key moments of their life and term(s) as president, and miscellaneous trivia about each commander-in-chief, concluding with a "final judgment" of their legacy complete with a letter grade. Of course some presidents (e.g., Washington, Lincoln, and FDR) get more in-depth coverage than others. (e.g., William Henry Harrison, Grover Cleveland) and Davis, not one to mince words writes in his assessment of Franklin Pierce: "Good looks, breeding, brains and piety do not a good president make." Davis's bipartisan analysis offers a refreshingly agnostic look at the fumbles, foibles and victories large and small that make up a presidential term. Loaded with dishy trivia (Gerald Ford was a male model, FDR tried to have "In God We Trust" removed from currency) and succinct analysis of pivotal events like Watergate, the election of Lincoln ("he most momentous [election] in American history") and America's involvement in WWI, Davis remains a highly informed, observant student of history eager to share his discoveries and knowledge. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Series Davis, Kenneth C. Don't know much about.
Subjects Presidents -- United States -- Biography.
Presidents -- United States -- Miscellanea.
United States -- Politics and government -- Miscellanea.
Publisher New York :Hyperion,2014
Edition 1st ed.
Other Titles American presidents
Language English
Notes "Originally published in hardcover by Hyperion" -- t.p. verso.
Description xvi, 736 pages ; 21 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 694-710) and index.
ISBN 9781401330439
1401330436
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