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Don't Know Much about the American Presidents

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ISBN-10: 1401324088

ISBN-13: 9781401324087

Edition: 2012

Authors: Kenneth C. Davis

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� Which president broke the laws to keep his slaves from being freed?� How did a president help save college football from early extinction?� Who said, "When the president does it that means it's not illegal"?� If the framers of the Constitution didn't mention an "electoral college," how come it picks the president?� Who was the "Negro President?"You have questions. Kenneth C. Davis has answers.For more than twenty years since his New York Times bestseller Don't Know Much About History: Everything You Need to Know About American History but Never Learned first appeared, Davis has shown that Americans don't hate history, just the dull version dished out in school. An instant classic, his first work of American history has sold more than 1.6 million copies.Now Davis turns his attention to what is arguably the most important and most fascinating subject in American history: our 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 and, for more than 200 years, 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.From the low lights to the bright lights, from the intellectuals to the disasters, from the memorable to the forgettable and forgotten, Davis tells all the stories. He uses his entertaining question-and-answer style to chart the history of the presidency itself as well as debunk the myths of America's leaders and tell the real stories of these very real people. Here's the young Lincoln building his mother's coffin and dragging a tragic burden through the snow to the burial; Theodore Roosevelt, America's youngest president, shockingly pushed into the presidency—with greatness thrust upon him; FDR, the only man elected four times, concealing his crippling disability from the American public as he led the nation through depression and world war; and Lyndon Johnson, reelected in a landslide, then crushed by the weight of the Vietnam War.For history buffs and history-phobes alike, this entertaining book is packed with memorable facts that will change your understanding of the highest office in the land and the men who have occupied it.
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Book details

List price: $27.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Hyperion Press
Publication date: 9/18/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 752
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 2.50" tall
Weight: 2.090
Language: English

Kenneth C. Davis is an American popular historian, best known for his Don't Know Much About... series. Born in Mount Vernon, New York, Davis attended Concordia College, Bronxville in New York, and Fordham University at Lincoln Center, New York City. Davis's second book, Don't Know Much About History, spent 35 consecutive weeks on The New York Times bestseller list and sold nearly 1.5 million copies. This unexpected success launched the Don't Know Much About... series.

Introduction
Author's Note
The Making of the President-1787
Presidential Profiles: The Life and Times of Americas Chief Executives from George Washington to Barack Obama
George Washington
John Adams
Thomas Jefferson
James Madison
James Monroe
John Quincy Adams
Andrew Jackson
Martin Van Buren
William Henry Harrison
John Tyler
James K. Polk
Zachary Taylor
Millard Fillmore
Franklin Pierce
James Buchanan
Abraham Lincoln
Andrew Johnson
Ulysses S. Grant
Rutherford Birchard Hayes
James Abram Garfield
Chester A. Arthur
Grover Cleveland
Benjamin Harrison
Grover Cleveland
William McKinley
Theodore Roosevelt
William Howard Taft
Woodrow Wilson
Warren Gamaliel Harding
Calvin Coolidge
Herbert Clark Hoover
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Harry S. Truman
Dwight David Eisenhower
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Lyndon Baines Johnson
Richard Milhous Nixon
Gerald Rudolph Ford
James Earl Carter, Jr.
Ronald Wilson Reagan
George Herbert Walker Bush
William Jefferson Clinton
George Walker Bush
Barack Hussein Obama
What Should We Do with the President?
Appendices
The United States Constitution: Article II
Constitutional Amendments Affecting the Presidency, Presidential Elections, and Voting Rights
The Order of Presidential Succession
"It's All About the Benjamins" Presidents on Coins and Currency
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index