"In this short and brilliantly written book, award-winning author Gordon-Reed … argues that the nation went from the best President to the worst during this most crucial period of its history."—Library Journal
"In a short biography, all bases can be covered, but the author is still left to exercise the tone of a personal essay, which this author accomplishes brilliantly."--Booklist (starred review)
"A fair-minded, toned-down portrait of a deeply problematic president who could not rise to the country’s challenge after the Civil War."--Kirkus Reviews
Johnson was the first U.S. president to be impeached, and Gordon-Reed spends a good amount of time on the subject.
Any biography will have the author's bias to it, but this was clearly a hammering of one point of view and I was extremely disappointed in this book.
If the southern states did not want to grant political rights to blacks, it was not the place of the federal government to make them do so.
This book is the worst kind of pseudo-history. The entire focus of the author is imposing her values upon her subject. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Was more opinion than historical scholarship. The author showed editorial disdain of Johnson all the way through the book. Read morePublished 5 months ago by John Hart Bandas
Andrew Johnson followed President Lincoln to the White House, but did not follow his path or plan for a national recovery. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Robert Walters
I would have enjoyed more about what led him to be the person he was. To me this would have made it more interesting.Published 7 months ago by Jack
I read all the Biographies of the Presidents by way of the Presidential series. If you are going to do it, read John Hancock first because he was the first Continental Congress... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Frank Anderson
The author is pretty biased against anything pro-slavery. She type casted Johnson as evil, compared to the republicans, and he could certainly be looked at as accommodating to the... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Bruce Awishes
Annette Gordon-Reed got a lot of attention the last time she wrote about a president long-rumored to have fathered a child with an enslaved woman. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Patrick Young
Because Johnson's time as President was such a refute of Lincoln, this was an especially difficult book to digest. Read morePublished 16 months ago by BK
First off, we ordered the book used which we usually have no trouble with. This book was fulfilled through Amazon, the book did not have a jacket on it and there were several... Read morePublished 17 months ago by lenabodina