History Buff's Guide to the Presidents: Top Ten Rankings... and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Buy Used
$3.74
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Used: Very Good | Details
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: While this book has been loved by someone else, they left it in great condition. Hurry and buy it before someone else does and take advantage of our FREE Super Saver Shipping!!! (there is a chance this book could contain a gift inscription)
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The History Buff's Guide to the Presidents (History Buff's Guides) Paperback – November 1, 2007


See all 5 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback, November 1, 2007
$0.01 $0.01
Best%20Books%20of%202014

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Series: History Buff's Guides
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Cumberland House Publishing; First Edition edition (November 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581826133
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581826135
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,195,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

This is a good book to browse, put down, and come back later to read a little more. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Thomas R. Flagel teaches history at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He holds degrees from Lords College, Kansas State University, and Creighton University, and he has also studied at the University of Vienna. Flagel is the author of other books in the History Buff's Guide series: The Civil War, World War II, and (with Ken Allers) Gettysburg.

More About the Author

Thomas Flagel teaches American History at Columbia State Community College in Tennessee. He holds degrees from Loras College (B.A. History), Kansas State University (M.A., European History), Creighton University (M.A., International Relations), and has studied at the University of Vienna.

A national speaker, Board Member of the Franklin Civil War Round Table, and a Committee member of the Mayor's Battlefield Task Force of Franklin, Tennessee, he is currently working on two books involving Abraham Lincoln. Flagel currently lives in Franklin, Tennessee.

Fast Facts about Thomas Flagel:
Originally from Iowa, he has a great great great grandfather who served in the 2nd Iowa Infantry in the Civil War.

His great great uncle from the 47th Illinois Infantry was killed in the Battle of Corinth.

Is friends with bestselling novelist Robert Hicks.

Once lived in Austria, and the Czech Republic.

Is an avid road cyclist.

Was motivated to move to Franklin, Tennessee after reading the book Five Tragic Hours about the Battle of Franklin.

Speaks every year at the Gettysburg National Park during the battle anniversary celebration.

Customer Reviews

The top 10 format makes it an easy book to read in small chunks.
Andrew Collins
He failed to get some of his facts straight, and other assertions are somewhat dubious, making me wonder how much of the rest of the book is credible.
Richard Hadden
I thought I knew my Presidential History, until I read this book !
Sandman

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Richard Hadden on April 1, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Overall, I'm glad I read this book, but there is some sloppy research and bad writing woven among the interesting and accurate, and the well-worded prose. And there's way too much commentary for what's supposed to be a history book. The author's political persuasions come through a bit too strongly. He failed to get some of his facts straight, and other assertions are somewhat dubious, making me wonder how much of the rest of the book is credible. For example, he refers to George McGovern's first running mate as Robert Eagleton. It was Thomas, not Robert. He claims that Lutheranism is the most populous mainline Protestant denomination in America. Not that it matters, but the Methodists probably have a better claim to that distinction. He repeatedly uses the word "assure" when he means "ensure", and he refers to the Chief Justice of the United States as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. A historian should know better.

Still, there are interesting sections in the book. Valuable perspectives and useful information on things like biggest landslides, closest elections, biggest scandals, etc. I liked the lists at the end of the book.

So, overall, an OK read, but not without its flaws.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By dennis on December 2, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Good trivia book, but hardly serious history. I am an avid reader of History, particularly the Presidency. I would fault the writer for many reasons. For one, giving the debt and budgets of Presidents should have been converted for inflation. The younger readers would have a better idea who were the big spenders and which ones were not.

Ranking President's Religion seems to invite a needless critic, for an overtly subjective subject. My view is that religion is a personal quality, and someone who does not believe, or attend any church, can not be thrown away as one of the most or least religious. For me, this was a clear example of the author's hubris. I gave three stars. because It probably was useful as a beginners guide for an eight grade student. But, since it omits, and has some major errors, it could set the young reader in a wrong direction, that only years of reading history written by scholars to correct the over simplifications of this book.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Paperback
Americans have named all kinds of public places after presidents and these and other facts are compiled in a lively exploration of the controversies and fame surrounding many a U.S. president. Other careers, hobbies, the biggest spenders and pardoners, and relatives alike receive note in a lively format of key people, places and events perfect for any trivia buff or student of presidential history - and many a leisure reader.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Collins on July 30, 2011
Format: Paperback
The book consists mostly of top 10 lists of various aspects of the presidency. Lists might include the personal character of the presidents, such as most religious. There are also the closest elections, the best (and worst) commander-in-chiefs, most vetoes, and so on.

As a whole, this was an interesting read. The top 10 format makes it an easy book to read in small chunks.

The only problem is that on occasion the author seems to present personal views on controversial things as fact instead of a more objective view.

All in all, this is a good book for those interested in the American Presidency.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By James L. Woolridge VINE VOICE on October 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is great!! Concise, interesting and easy to read. A one stop President's book. What it is, is a book of lists...careers, landslides, vetos, pardons, doctrines...oh so many more. You will find new ways to look at the presidents. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By JJQ3 on June 20, 2008
Format: Paperback
A very clever, concise way to present history -- one small bite at a time. The Top 10 lists are very interesting. It is intended for novices interested in presidential history highlights with minimal reading time. I usually read an entire Top 10 list -- e.g., Top 10 Overly Religious = #1 Eisenhower!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Judith on March 26, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Here we have a book that informs us about Presidential history in the form of top ten lists. However, the lists don't just give a list of names, for example. Each entry on a list is explained in an entry that is a few pages long. You can easily read each list in one sitting. Lists include, top careers for Presidents (such as lawyer), top pastimes (as in hobbies), top religious Presidents (which was a surprise, and I'd argue with some of these), top Machiavellian Presidents, things Barack Obama and Bush the younger had in common, closest elections, landslides, controversial elections, top debt Presidents, top veto Presidents, conflicts with the Supreme Court, notable pardons, ten assasination attempts, top ten doctrines, achievements in diplomacy, most successful as Commander in Chief, least successful as Commander in Chief, most influential first ladies, most problematic family members, top ten alterations to the White House, ten most powerful staff members, and the top ten Presidential scandals.

I learned a lot, but I did feel that a little humor or a lighter touch would have made it more enjoyable. I also felt the author had favorite Presidents, that influenced the book too much, although I couldn't really tell if he was a liberal or conservative.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Audrey A. Bridges on August 16, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book has a lot of statistics and is very slow reading. It gets pretty dry at times. I am slowly plowing through it.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again