Star-Spangled Men: America's Ten Worst Presidents

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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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I like Nathan Miller's political writing. His bio of Theodore Roosevelt is one of my favorite Presidential Biographies. This book was interesting as "one man's opinion" and his thoughts and reasoning ... Read full review

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Few Americans, let alone historians, express much interest in the worst events or characters, as such, in our history, but presidential historian Miller (The Roosevelt Chronicles, LJ 10/15/97) decided ... Read full review


Jimmy Carter who showed that the White House
William Howard Taft who was so fat he got stuck
Benjamin Harrison who looked like a medieval gnome
Calvin Coolidge who was a living embodiment of Woody Allens
Franklin Pierce who said Theres nothing left but to
James Buchanan who was on the government payroll
Warren Gamaliel Harding who gave being in the closet
Richard Milhous Nixon who maintained I am not a crook
Ulysses S Grant who proves that old soldiers should fade away

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Nathan Miller is the author of thirteen books, including the critically acclaimed "Theodore Roosevelt: A Life" and "War at Sea: A Naval History of World War II." He has been nominated five times for the Pulitzer Prize in history and biography, and his books have been assigned reading at the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Naval War College, and the Naval Postgraduate School. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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