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on April 18, 2017
This was great. Hayward has certainly gone more highbrow than PIG books. But the book was done with great taste. It scores each president on being a Constitutionalists, from Wison (bad grade) through Obama (also bad grade). But they're not alone. Hayward is a bright historian and not a bomb thrower, so the book. I agreed with most of his assessments. Though I didn't agree with finding one of President Ford's redeeming qualities is that he vetoed the Freedom of Information Act. Congress overrode the veto. Overall, very solid history and very solid writing that you won't have to be a history buff or a political junkie like me to devour.
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on April 19, 2016
one of the most insightful books as to what the Presidents did or didn't do in accordance with the Constitution. It exposes questionable decisions and actions which never made the mainstream media. and as pointed out, most biographies of Presidents were written by liberal authors or members of the academic world which tend to have a liberal slant. I'm not saying this author is right and the others wrong, he makes his case and documents sources for concluded what he writes and how he grades the Presidents vis a vis the Constitution. Must reading if interested in politics and where the USA is headed because of 'backroom decisions".
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on January 31, 2015
A true look at the actions and character of the presidents. This book inspired me to look further into each action based on Supreme court cases, the factual laws and acts passed by them. Although the book presents accurate information, it's always encouraged to compare the facts with true events. Takes all the information from revisionist history and puts it to shame. A must read for proper insight to modern presidents.
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on April 21, 2012
This book is organized very well with a chapter on each president from Woodrow Wilson to Barack Obama. Each chapter starts with one or two quotes by or about that president, some little known facts, and the author's letter grade, ranging from A+ to F-, based on how well the president followed the Constitution.

The author then explains why that particular president earned that particular grade. Reasons are explained, are well thought out, and are, for the most part, excellent. Some important issues, like the Patriot Act, were missed. The president's Supreme Court appointments are discussed and make up a significant portion of the president's grade.

Grades given: 1 A+, 1 A-, 2 B+, 1 B, 4 C+, 2 C-, 5 F, and 1 F-

While not perfect, this is an excellent work and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in their liberty, in history, or just curious about how we got here from the constitutional republic we once were.
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on March 20, 2012
This is the second "pig" book I've read in the series (the first being the pig book on u.s. history) and I was quite pleased with the book; I even learned something. I read the book like a novel, from beginning to end, though it doesn't have to be read that way of course. The author grades the presidents listed in the book by his dedication to the constitution. How loyal was the president to the constitution? Did he carry out the presidency according to how the founders intended the office to be?

While the author could not give an exhaustive treatment of each president in this medium size book, he did give objective overviews of each president graded and there is also a recommended reading list in the back of the book to explore the mentioned presidents further.

I highly recommend reading this book for two reasons. One, so you can learn what the president's actual job is and two, so you can learn how close the presidents listed followed the constitution. It's a good read.
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on December 27, 2016
This was a great book that gave a tremendous and well researched view at each President starting with Woodrow Wilson. I would love to see an updated version in a few years.
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on April 7, 2017
A fresh look at what actually happened in the administrations of these presidents.
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on January 16, 2015
I love this book, and I use it as part of my high school curriculum for our homeschool. It gives a refreshing, conservative perspective to American history. Parents, watch out, as there is a lot of bad language that needs to be blacked out before giving it to your teen!
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on September 8, 2014
This book gives good ideas about which presidents upheld/uphold the constitution. Presidents were pointed out that I had barely even thought about as being good for our country. Others that we are taught to revere in school were not as good as we thought!
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on August 20, 2016
Easy quick read that inspires you to pick up books on your favorite Presidents and learn more.
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