Andrew Johnson: The American Presidents Series: The 17th President, 1865-1869

Andrew Johnson: The American Presidents Series: The 17th President, 1865-1869

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Andrew Johnson (American Presidents Series) 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
TNme More than 1 year ago
This author had an ax to grind against this President. If you are a fan of Johnson's, I suggest you read the AJ biography by Hans Trefousse, instead. Even the present author cites to the Trefousse book throughout her book, because Trefousse was the Johnson expert. Unfortunately he's dead now, or else it would have been nice if he had written this volume of the Presidents series. Also, he was less judgmental about Johnson. At least two inaccuracies in the present work: 1. The name is John Hunt Morgan (not John M. Hunt-p. 71) and 2. Booth was a Marylander, not a Virginian (p. 89). It would have been nice if the editor had caught these. I now wonder how many more of the present author's "facts" were wrong. This author also wrote about Jefferson's affair with his slave Sally Hemings. Slave/Master sexual relationships seem to be a specialty here. Johnson is accused of buying a slave for sex, as well. The author, without support also accuses Johnson of being illegitimate and of having a wayward Mother. No holds barred here. Its a shame that for some readers this volume of hatred will be the only book they read on Johnson. As I said before, please read Trefousse instead.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is completely unfair and untrue. I wonder how much research the author did before writing this book? Sounds like she has a personal hate towards Andrew Johnson.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Andrew Johnson is one of those "forgotten" presidents, really only being known as the president who followed Lincoln and the first one to be impeached. The author does a good job of explaining the impact this man had on Reconstruction and his epic failure to unite the country after the Civil War, despite the gifted predecessor he had. His antics are eerily similar to the guy who occupies the White House presently. History does have a way of repeating itself. The author pulled no punches and presented the subject matter in a fair and concise way. I would recommend this book for a brief and to the point understanding of Johnson and his failures at reuniting the country through Reconstruction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This author clearly doesn't care for President Andrew Johnson (perhaps for good reason), so this is not the place to look for a totally objective biography. However, she does a reasonably good job of conveying the historical importance of the office Johnson held during the reconstruction process. It was mo small feat filling the shoes of President Lincoln, and that is something even a biased writer can't deny (to the author's credit, she states several times that Johnson was handed a particularly difficult situation).
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The American Presidents Series attempts to offer concise biographies of the Presidents. This one was well written and emphasized what a disaster Johson was to Reconstuction. An overlooked man who helped set back the cause of Civil Rights for Generations. I wonder why Lincoln gets a pass for foisting this man on the North?