“Thomas J. Craughwell has brought us presidents behaving execrably and what a great read it is. From George Washington's misadventure with taxing whiskey to another George W's decision to invade Iraq, this book captures chief executive miscalculation, malfeasance, and maladroitness in all its glory. We learn as much from our failures as our triumphs and we'll all learn a great deal from this enjoyable slice of living history.” —Joseph Cummins, author of The World’s Bloodiest History and The War Chronicles: From Flintlocks to Machine Guns
”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.” -Library Journal, October 2008
“…a fascinating, level-headed, and insightful look at the pratfalls that marked our leaders' march to destiny. Great stuff.” —Cormac O'Brien, author of The Forgotten History of America and Secret Lives of the U.S. Presidents
From the Author
SERIAL KILLER EXPERT, star of the hit Investigation Discovery series DARK MINDS and acclaimed investigative journalist M. William Phelps is the national bestselling, award-winning author of 22 nonfiction books. Winner of 2008 New England Book Festival Award for "I'll Be Watching You," Phelps has made over 100 television appearances, including CBS's "Early Show," "The Today Show," "The View," "Fox & Friends," truTV, Discovery Channel, Fox News Channel, ABC's "Good Morning America," Learning Channel, Biography Channel, History Channel, Oxygen, OWN, and others. He's been on USA Radio Network, Catholic Radio, Mancow, Wall Street Journal Radio, Zac Daniel, Ava Maria Radio, ABC News Radio, and Radio America, who calls him "the nation's leading authority on the mind of the female murderer." He's written for numerous publications, consulted on the first season of the hit Showtime cable television series "Dexter," and written several narrative history books, including NATHAN HALE, THE DEVIL'S RIGHT HAND, THE DEVIL'S ROOMING HOUSE and MURDER, NEW ENGLAND.
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