American Presidents: A Dark History

American Presidents: A Dark History

by Michael Kerrigan


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American Presidents: A Dark History by Michael Kerrigan

The office of the President of the United States has evolved dramatically over the last 220 years, from heroic posturing as leader of a renegade nation to calculated cunning as commander of a nuclear superpower. This colorful inventory of presidential transgressions reveals that every modern scandal is the descendant of remarkably similar predecessors.

Detailing the disgraces of more than 40 presidents, from sexual skirmishes to CIA cover-ups, American Presidents: A Dark History covers every dirty deed committed behind the White House fence, from financial profiteering and insider trading to illicit bugging of the opposition. American Presidents: A Dark History also tells the story of a nation’s advancement: from the post-Revolutionary days of antimonarchy and slavery, through the bitter strife of internal wars, Reconstruction, boom, and Depression, to the United States’ emergence on the world stage as a superpower. Using reproductions of portraits, period caricature, and cartoons, as well as superbly telling photojournalism, American Presidents: A Dark History reveals the true face behind what has become the most powerful job in the world.

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ISBN-13: 9781435145955
Publisher: Sterling
Publication date: 04/20/2013
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 7.70(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Michael Kerrigan is the author of The History of Death, A Dark History: The Roman Emperors, and Who Lies Where: A Guide to Famous Graves in Greece and the Mediterranean (part of the BBC Ancient Civilizations series). He is a columnist, book reviewer, and feature writer for publications including the Scotsman and the Times Literary Supplement. He lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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