Imperfect Presidents

Imperfect Presidents

Tales of Misadventure and Triumph

Book - 2007
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Baker & Taylor
A lighthearted portrait of the American presidency reveals the ways in which political faux pas or snafus committed by or aimed at presidents can have history-altering consequences, in an exploration of ten events that includes Lincoln's criticism of a preacher, Johnson's electoral fraud in the 1948 Senate race, and Reagan's role in the Iran-Contra affair. 25,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave

A refreshingly irreverent and illuminating history of ten great American presidents and their biggest mistakes


When people make bad decisions, odd remarks, and just plain silly mistakes, the results are sure to haunt them. But when these things happen to the president of the United States, they can change the course of history. In this clever portrait of the American presidency, Jim Cullen takes ten presidents down from their pedestals by examining key missteps in their careers--and how they transcended them. Examples include Abraham Lincoln smearing a preacher and rediscovering his religious vision in emancipating slaves; Lyndon Johnson's electoral fraud in his 1948 Senate race and his role in the signing of the Voting Rights Act; and Ronald Reagan's subversion of the Constitution in the Iran-Contra affair and affirmation of world peace in helping bring about the end of the Cold War. Targeting Republicans and Democrats alike, Cullen's insights are surprisingly timely and hugely entertaining.



Baker
& Taylor

A lighthearted portrait of the American presidency reveals the ways in which political faux pas or snafus committed by or aimed at presidents can have history-altering consequences.

Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781403975133
1403975132
Characteristics: xii, 234 p. : ill., ports. ; 25 cm

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