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Failures of the Presidents: From the Whiskey Rebellion and War of 1812 to the Bay of Pigs and War in Iraq Paperback – September 1, 2008
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“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
“…a fascinating, level-headed, and insightful look at the pratfalls that marked our leaders' march to destiny. Great stuff.” —
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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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However, the authors insert some casual prose into their writing that underscores the fact that this is not a serious academic review, but an overview of each incident / program they describe as a "Failure." Where they really fall short is in stretching to reach conclusions about each Failure and forecasting its effect on the future course of American history. This is most visible right off the bat. In their review of Washington's handling of the Whiskey Rebellion, they sum up the affair by tying the imposition of the Whiskey tax to the rise of Jefferson, the demise of the Federalist party and the awakening of states rights and the difficulties decades later that led to the Civil War. This is a very simplistic and far reaching conclusion that is just clumsy and unwarranted to any student of the period.
It would have been a better book with a bit more focus on the facts around each incident and avoidance of trying to make some of the failures into epoch defining events.