Don't Know Much About the American Presidents

Don't Know Much About the American Presidents

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by Kenneth C. Davis
     
 

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Which president broke the law to prevent enslaved people from being freed? Who said, "When the president does it,that means it's not illegal"? Why does America have a president?

From the heated debates among the framers of the Constitution in 1787 over an "elected king," to the creation of the presidency, and on through rich profiles of each man who has held

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Which president broke the law to prevent enslaved people from being freed? Who said, "When the president does it,that means it's not illegal"? Why does America have a president?

From the heated debates among the framers of the Constitution in 1787 over an "elected king," to the creation of the presidency, and on through rich profiles of each man who has held the office, New York Times bestselling author Kenneth C. Davis takes readers on a guided tour of American history. Examining each chief executive, from the low lights to the bright lights, the memorable to the forgettable and the forgotten, Davis tells all the stories, offering rich anecdotes about real people. He also charts the history of the presidency itself, debunking myths and grading the presidents from A+ to F.

For history buffs and history-phobes alike, this entertaining book may change your understanding of the highest office in the land throughout more than two hundred years of history.

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PRAISE FOR DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT HISTORY"

Fun, engrossing, and significant ... History in Davis's hands is loud, course, painful, funny, irreverent-and memorable."—San Francisco Chronicle

PRAISE FOR DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT THE AMERICAN PRESIDENTS"

Don't Know Much About the American Presidents by Kenneth C. Davis contains a plethora of information about the men who have held our nation's highest office. If you read it you will be enriched."—Dayton Daily News

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781401304737
Publisher:
Hachette Books
Publication date:
09/18/2012
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
720
Sales rank:
142,359
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

After giving rise to the Don't Know Much About series, Ken Davis has been dubbed "The King of Knowing" by Amazon.com because he becomes a subject expert in all of the areas he writes about: the Bible, mythology, the universe, the Civil War, for example. Ken Davis is a frequent media guest and has appeared on hundreds of television and radio shows, including NPR, The Today Show, Fox and Friends, CNN, and The Discovery Channel. He has been a commentator for All Things Considered, has written for the New York Times, CNN.com, and Smithsonian magazine, and serves as an educator for TED-ED, a new division of TED that share free "lessons worth sharing" via brief animated videos. In addition to his adult titles, he writes the Don't Know Much About Children's series published by HarperCollins. He lives in New York with his wife. They have two grown children.

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Don't Know Much About the American Presidents 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always wanted to know more about our past presidents without having to be "scholarly". Davis provides an easy to read summary of each president. It"s like a one-volume encyclopedia. Seems to be unbiased.
Sandragon More than 1 year ago
Everyone knows a little bit about the more famous presidents: Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, etc., but what about those we don't hear about very often? This book gives an excellent account of each president's tenure in the highest office in the country, AND gives them a grade for the way they ran the country while in office! I totally enjoyed this book and recommend it highly!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Author glosses over events. Rather like reading an encyclopedia. Not the good , interesting read I was expecting. Author's political agenda comes into play far more than one would expect. Disappointing!
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