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How to Fight Presidents: Defending Yourself Against the Badasses Who Ran This Country Paperback – March 18, 2014
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The introduction: "You'd have to be crazy to want this job" emphasizes the type of person who would be nuts enough to want to be President of the United States. He moves on to one of the toughest presidents both physically and intellectually. Out first president, George Washington was tough on the battle field and as president. Some of the many other American Presidents he covers include: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, John Quincy Adams, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Teddy Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, and Ronald Reagan. The author has really researched these presidents and provides a lot of information which many people may not know about some of these politicians. This book is informative, irreverent, unique and even hilarious at times.Read more ›
Cracked.com specializes in fact-based (albeit the facts heavily stretched) articles about things retold as one teenage kid might tell it to another. And that's what this book is. If you're a teenage kid, and you're talking about the presidents, it's not at all unlikely that you are concerned with this question: Who, among them, was the biggest bad-ass?
The author, and my son, think Teddy Roosevelt was, and his chapter in this book makes a decent case why. This is a guy who punched out a cowboy pointing two guns at him; a guy who proceeded to give a 90 minute speech after an assassin put a bullet in his chest but failed to kill him.
The book is a fun read in the way a Ripley's Believe It or Not book is, or was. Things are joyously hyped, tons of stuff is left out, it's not authoritative or balanced or serious nor does it pretend to be, but there is enough of a core of truth to make it a not horrible way to get the teenager in your life to read some history.
It's fairly risque. The author is fascinated by LBJ's unique habits of showing people the body part he called "Jumbo"; going to the toilet in front of them to emphasize their subordination to him; and once urinating on the leg of a Secret Service agent who got in his way.
Kennedy's sex life gets a good workout, of course - as does his PT-109 exploit, in which he towed an injured shipmate miles through the sea by a strap held in his teeth.
Washington leaves the author in awe: he plunged into battle often, getting bullet holes in his clothing while convinced nothing could kill him.Read more ›
Of course there are the Iron Men like Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, George Washington, Ronald Reagan and Andrew Jackson, but there are also some lesser known beasts like Herbert Hoover, Lyndon Johnson and James Madison. Just so you don't think every president is going to veto your skull, there are even a few who you might be able to take in a fair fight (not that you will get one with some of these villainous pantywaists).
Every president is covered in a short 4-5 page essay with one full page WWE style illustration and a smaller one later in the essay. Only dead presidents are covered in the book. You will have to draw your own conclusions about the last five if you ever have to get in the ring with one of them. For all the silliness involved, there is actually quite a bit of good information and quality research that went into each of the essays. I'm ashamed to admit that I've never pursued any study of some of the lesser known presidents so the sum total of my knowledge of guys like Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, and John Tyler come from this book. I actually found the bios of these guys (amazingly 30% to 50% of the book) to be the most interesting and fun to read.
The only drawback with the book is some of the language, largely mild, and the generous descriptions of bodily functions makes the book somewhat young reader unfriendly.Read more ›
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Daniel O'Brien mixes fact, speculation and humor. Reagan may or may not have been Wolverine. Grant's testicles may or may not have been iffy. Read morePublished 4 days ago by A. Perry
Unique look at the presidents. The book depicts them in a full way highlighting what they did to be deemed a badass by the author. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
Daniel O'Brien has a fantastic wit, and a deplorable obsession with the genitals of the world's most powerful men. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is everything you didn't know you wanted. I remember more about past presidents from reading this than I do from any quantity of school. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Not appropriate for children. But making history funny does make it easier to learn and remember, so adults who are curious to learn about American Presidents can enjoy this book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Aviva Sofer
Will this info come in handy? Doubtful. Is it still pretty interesting? DefinitelyPublished 2 months ago by Jarod
This book is a hoot! Not to be taken seriously, this book provides the reader with interesting facts that illustrate how tough (or not tough) each of the U.S. Presidents were. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sheryl