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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (46 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kenneth C. Davis Narrator: Kenneth C. Davis, Arthur Morey, Kirby Heyborne, Mark Bramhal Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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- Which president broke the laws to keep his slaves from being freed? 
- How did a president help save college football from early extinction? 
- Who said, "When the president does it that means it's not illegal"? 
- If the framers of the Constitution didn't mention an "electoral college," how come it picks the president? 
- Who was the "Negro President?"

You have questions. Kenneth C. Davis has answers.

For more than twenty years since his New York Times bestseller Don't Know Much About History: Everything You Need to Know About American History but Never Learned first appeared, Davis has shown that Americans don't hate history, just the dull version dished out in school. An instant classic, his first work of American history has sold more than 1.6 million copies.

Now Davis turns his attention to what is arguably the most important and most fascinating subject in American history: our presidents. From the heated debates over executive powers when those framers improvised the office in the steamy summer of 1787 though the curious election of George Washington in 1789 and, for more than 200 years, up through the meteoric rise of Barack Obama, the first African-American commander in chief, the presidency has been at the heart of American history.

From the low lights to the bright lights, from the intellectuals to the disasters, from the memorable to the forgettable and forgotten, Davis tells all the stories. He uses his entertaining question-and-answer style to chart the history of the presidency itself as well as debunk the myths of America's leaders and tell the real stories of these very real people. Here's the young Lincoln building his mother's coffin and dragging a tragic burden through the snow to the burial; Theodore Roosevelt, America's youngest president, shockingly pushed into the presidency--with greatness thrust upon him; FDR, the only man elected four times, concealing his crippling disability from the American public as he led the nation through depression and world war; and Lyndon Johnson, reelected in a landslide, then crushed by the weight of the Vietnam War.

For history buffs and history-phobes alike, this entertaining book is packed with memorable facts that will change your understanding of the highest office in the land and the men who have occupied it. 

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Anna | 8/31/2013

    " His stuff is always fantastic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Anthony | 4/4/2013

    " Good summary of each President. Thought the writer was a bit to bias against some Presidents over others. Was'nt neutral. Knew pretty fast what party he belonged to. I felt the disgust in the way he wrote about certain Presidents. And the pleasure about others! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jason Roland | 1/23/2013

    " As a history buff, thought this was great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Amy Brawdy-Carlo | 12/28/2012

    " This is an entertaining book .....interesting facts as well as history lesson...fun read and very informative....not just about our presidents but about our government and our constitution. "

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