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The cover showing the Father of Our Country with egg on his face may lead readers to think they're in for a romp, but this is, in fact, a serious journey, handsomely illustrated, providing narratives on 20 episodes of presidential failure. In the introduction, the authors explain why Bill Clinton is not included, impeachment notwithstanding, while both Bushes are, and it makes sense. The writing offers accessible pathways through the thicket of American history, but signposts like "Tricky Dick" remind us that there's some attitude here. There are also details that get lost along the way. Still, the results are a good bet for school and public libraries.