Star-Spangled Men: America's Ten Worst Presidents (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 30, 2008 - History - 272 pages
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Picking America's best presidents is easy. George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Franklin D. Roosevelt usually lead the list, But choosing the nation's worst presidents requires more thought. In Star-Spangled Men, respected presidential biographer Nathan Miller puts on display those leaders who were abject failures as chief executive. With pointed humor and a deft hand, he presents a rogues' gallery of the men who dropped the presidential ball, and sometimes their pants as well.
Miller includes Richard M. Nixon, who was forced to resign to escape impeachment; Jimmy Carter, who proved that the White House is not the place for on-the-job training; and Warren G. Harding, who gave "being in the closet" new meaning as he carried on extramarital interludes in one near the Oval Office. This current edition also includes a new assessment of Bill Clinton -- who has admitted lying to his family, his aides, his cabinet, and the American people.
  

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Review: Star-Spangled Men: America's Ten Worst Presidents

User Review  - Seth - Goodreads

This is an interesting book by Nathan Miller, who claims impartiality by indicating that he has voted Democrat 7 times, Republican 4 times, and minor party twice. I don't know if I agree with his ... Read full review

Review: Star-Spangled Men: America's Ten Worst Presidents

User Review  - Andrew - Goodreads

Contains some interesting anecdotes about ten of our presidents. A different tact from the usual "10 greatest presidents" angle. Read full review

Contents

PROLOGUE
11
Jimmy Carter who showed that the White House
19
William Howard Taft who was so fat he got stuck
45
Benjamin Harrison who looked like a medieval gnome
67
Calvin Coolidge who was a living embodiment of Woody Allens
98
Franklin Pierce who said Theres nothing left but to
151
James Buchanan who was on the government payroll
173
Warren Gamaliel Harding who gave being in the closet
192
Richard Milhous Nixon who maintained I am not a crook
211
EPILOGUE
239
NOTES
249
BIBLIOGRAPHY
257
INDEX
263
Ulysses S Grant who proves that old soldiers should fade away
266
Copyright

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Nathan Miller, a four-time nominee for the Pulitzer Prize, is the author of FDR: An Intimate History, The Roosevelt Chronicles, and The U.S. Navy.

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