Accidental Presidents: Eight Men Who Changed America Audiobook, by Jared Cohen Play Audiobook Sample

Accidental Presidents: Eight Men Who Changed America Audiobook

Accidental Presidents: Eight Men Who Changed America Audiobook, by Jared Cohen Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Arthur Morey Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 11.33 hours at 1.5x Speed 8.50 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: April 2019 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781508252757

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74:46 minutes

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25 seconds

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42:24 minutes

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The strength and prestige of the American presidency has waxed and waned since George Washington. Accidental Presidents looks at eight men who came to the office without being elected to it. It demonstrates how the character of the man in that powerful seat affects the nation and world.

Eight men have succeeded to the presidency when the incumbent died in office. In one way or another they vastly changed our history. Only Theodore Roosevelt would have been elected in his own right. Only TR, Coolidge, Truman, and LBJ were re-elected.

John Tyler succeeded William Henry Harrison who died 30 days into his term. He was kicked out of his party and became the first president threatened with impeachment. Millard Fillmore succeeded esteemed General Zachary Taylor. He immediately sacked the entire cabinet and delayed an inevitable Civil War by standing with Henry Clay’s compromise of 1850. Chester Arthur, the embodiment of the spoils system, was so reviled as James Garfield’s successor that he had to defend himself against plotting Garfield’s assassination; but he reformed the civil service. Andrew Johnson, who succeeded our greatest president, sided with remnants of the Confederacy in Reconstruction. Theodore Roosevelt broke up the trusts. Calvin Coolidge silently cooled down the Harding scandals and preserved the White House for the Republican Herbert Hoover and the Great Depression. Truman surprised everybody when he succeeded the great FDR and proved an able and accomplished president. Lyndon B. Johnson was named to deliver Texas electorally. He led the nation forward on Civil Rights but failed on Vietnam.

Accidental Presidents adds immeasurably to our understanding of the power and limits of the American presidency in critical times.

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“Treats us to some of the most colorful and momentous episodes in our history…We learn why America is such a resilient nation and our Constitution a living document.”

— Walter Isaacson, #1 New York Times bestselling author 


  • “In this eloquent and often surprising book, Jared Cohen explores how fate has shaped the office—and all of us.”

    — Jon Meacham, #1 New York Times bestselling author
  • “One of the many insights to be found in Accidental Presidents is that history unfolds in death as well as in life.”

    — Wall Street Journal


  • New York Times bestseller
  • A #1 bestseller in US Senates, Congresses and Legislative

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About Jared Cohen

Jared Cohen joined the US Department of State after completing Children of Jihad. A Stanford graduate (2004), Oxford graduate (2006), and Rhodes scholar, he has conducted extensive research in Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon. He has also traveled to Afghanistan, as well as 21 African countries. He has worked in the public and private sectors and appeared in the media, including ABC Radio and the Discovery Channel. He lives in Washington, DC.

About Arthur Morey

Arthur Morey has won three AudioFile Magazine “Best Of” Awards, and his work has garnered numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and placed him as a finalist for two Audie Awards. He has acted in a number of productions, both off Broadway in New York and off Loop in Chicago. He graduated from Harvard and did graduate work at the University of Chicago. He has won awards for his fiction and drama, worked as an editor with several book publishers, and taught literature and writing at Northwestern University. His plays and songs have been produced in New York, Chicago, and Milan, where he has also performed.