Imperfect Presidents: Tales of Presidential Misadventure and Triumph

Imperfect Presidents: Tales of Presidential Misadventure and Triumph

by Jim Cullen
Imperfect Presidents: Tales of Presidential Misadventure and Triumph

Imperfect Presidents: Tales of Presidential Misadventure and Triumph

by Jim Cullen

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Overview

In this clever portrait of the American presidency, Jim Cullen takes ten presidents down from their pedestals by examining key missteps in their careers—and how they transcended them. Examples include Abraham Lincoln smearing a preacher and rediscovering his religious vision in emancipating slaves; Lyndon Johnson's electoral fraud in his 1948 Senate race and his role in the signing of the Voting Rights Act; and Ronald Reagan's subversion of the Constitution in the Iran-Contra affair and affirmation of world peace in helping bring about the end of the Cold War. Targeting Republicans and Democrats alike, Cullen's insights are surprisingly timely and hugely entertaining.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780230605787
Publisher: St. Martin's Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/24/2008
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Jim Cullen is the author of "Born in the USA" (Literary Guild Alternate), "The American Dream," and other books. He has taught at Harvard, Brown, and Sarah Lawrence College, and currently teaches at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York, where he also serves on the Board of Trustees. He lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The President We Want * General Washington Fumbles His Glasses * Former President Adams Can't Stop Gagging * Former Congressman Lincoln Stubs His Toe * "Gentleman Boss" Arthur Bites the Hand that Feeds Him * Young Dude Roosevelt Makes a Grand Entrance * Less-Than-Frank Roosevelt Takes a Stand—on Crutches * "Landslide Lyndon" Destroys His Party * Jerry Ford Pardons a Crook * "Slick Willie" Gives Newt the Slip * President Bush Fumbles and Invasion * Conclusion: The President We Need

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