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Titel: Star Spangled Men: Americas Ten Worst ...
Verlag: Scribner 1998-02-16, US
Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Dust Jacket Included
0684836106 Biographies & Memoirs. Fine in fine dust jacket. 2nd printing. Quality, Value, Experience. Buchnummer des Verkäufers WARE24BB1780
Inhaltsangabe: From Calvin Coolidge, credited with sleeping more and accomplishing less than any other president, to Richard Nixon, hailed by Barry Goldwater as "the most dishonest individual I ever met", "Star Spangled Men" provides appalling and even hilarious details on the monumental mistakes, political maneuvers, and character weaknesses of the nation's ten worst presidents.
Rezension: In Star-Spangled Men, presidential biographer Nathan Miller compiles a subjective list of the 10 crummiest presidents in history. His criteria for ignominy: "bad character, the inability to compromise, a lack of vision, poor political skills, dishonesty, and an inability to communicate." Richard Nixon and Andrew Johnson are obvious choices, Jimmy Carter and William Howard Taft somewhat less so, though probably deserving according to Miller. Many readers probably can find a selection or two to quarrel with on these pages (Is Calvin Coolidge really one of the 10 worst?), but nonetheless will appreciate Miller's candid assessments. (The most controversial part of the book is certainly its brief epilogue, which details "the two most overrated presidents": Thomas Jefferson and John F. Kennedy.) Miller provides 10 neat summaries of 10 arguable failures in this good bit of opinionated writing that turns the klieg lights on some of American history's dimmer stars.
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