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Author: Douglas Alan Cohn Narrator: William Hughes Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2016 ISBN: 9781504660969
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A fascinating new angle on presidential history, assessing the performances of all forty-four presidents in their freshman year of the toughest job in the world

Grouped by the issues the new presidents confronted in their first year in office, The President’s First Year takes listeners into the history, thought processes, and results on a case-by-case basis, including how the presidents’ subsequent actions prove that they learned—or didn’t learn—from their mistakes. From George Washington to Barack Obama, The President’s First Year details the challenging first twelve months of all our presidents’ tenures.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Original and insightful…[A] thoroughly researched and fully documented landmark book.”

    James R. Locher III, former assistant secretary of defense

  • “With a sharp eye and a commanding grasp of presidential history, Douglas Cohn has given us reason to take a forgiving view of every president’s first year and of the fixable flaws in the system that elects them.”

    Evan Thomas, New York Times bestselling author

  • The President’s First Year is an insightful primer on leadership.”

    Eleanor Clift, political correspondent for the Daily Beast

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About the Author

Douglas Alan Cohn is the writer and owner of Washington Merry-Go-Round, America’s longest-running syndicated column, founded by Drew Pearson in 1932. A 1968 graduate of West Point, Cohn was a United States Army airborne ranger and led a reconnaissance platoon in Vietnam. His medals include two Silver Stars and a Purple Heart. After convalescing from gunshot wounds to the head, neck, chest, abdomen, leg, and hand, Cohn was retired as a captain. He and his wife of over forty years, Kathryn, have four children and six grandchildren. They reside in McLean, Virginia.

About the Narrator

William Hughes is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. A professor of political science at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon, he received his doctorate in American politics from the University of California at Davis. He has done voice-over work for radio and film and is also an accomplished jazz guitarist.