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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User Review  - gmillar - LibraryThing

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

STAR-SPANGLED MEN: America's Ten Worst Presidents

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A humorous look at the less distinguished former presidents. To develop his personal list of the ten worst American chief executives, historian and presidential biographer Miller (Stealing from ... 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
WARREN GAMALIEL HARDING who gave being in the closet
117
RICHARD MilHOUS Nixon who maintained I am not a crook
211

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