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How to Fight Presidents: Defending Yourself Against the Badasses Who Ran This Country | [Daniel O'Brien]

How to Fight Presidents: Defending Yourself Against the Badasses Who Ran This Country

As a prisoner of war, Andrew Jackson walked several miles barefoot across state lines while suffering from smallpox and a serious head wound received when he refused to polish the boots of the soldiers who had taken him captive. He was thirteen years old. A few decades later, he became the first popularly elected president and served the nation, pausing briefly only to beat a would-be assassin with a cane to within an inch of his life.
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Publisher's Summary

Make no mistake: Our founding fathers were more bandanas-and-muscles than powdered-wigs-and-tea.

As a prisoner of war, Andrew Jackson walked several miles barefoot across state lines while suffering from smallpox and a serious head wound received when he refused to polish the boots of the soldiers who had taken him captive. He was thirteen years old. A few decades later, he became the first popularly elected president and served the nation, pausing briefly only to beat a would-be assassin with a cane to within an inch of his life. Theodore Roosevelt had asthma, was blind in one eye, survived multiple gunshot wounds, had only one regret (that there were no wars to fight under his presidency), and was the first U.S. president to win the Medal of Honor, which he did after he died. Faced with the choice, George Washington actually preferred the sound of bullets whizzing by his head in battle over the sound of silence.

And now these men - these hallowed leaders of the free world - want to kick your ass.

Plenty of historians can tell you which president had the most effective economic strategies, and which president helped shape our current political parties, but can any of them tell you what to do if you encounter Chester A. Arthur in a bare-knuckled boxing fight? This book will teach you how to be better, stronger, faster, and more deadly than the most powerful (and craziest) men in history. You’re welcome.

©2014 Daniel O'Brien (P)2014 Random House Audio

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    Russell MESA, AZ, United States 03-22-14
    Russell MESA, AZ, United States 03-22-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A historical overview of hilarious proportions!"

    First off kudos to Richard McGonagle for perfectly nailing the tone and demeanor of this book. This is perhaps the best reading of any of the hundreds of books that I have listened to from either audible or other places.

    Secondly this book is a fun and lighthearted view of the historical people who ran the United States. If you cannot tell by the title it is a little bit vulgar but fun and silly through. It is still somewhat historically accurate (from the parts that I have independently studied).

    Perhaps the largest downside to this book is that the author spends more or less equal time on all of the presidents, and while this leads to some very humorous chapters due to the need to fill it out prevents some presidents from getting the needed tome to accurately describe their badassery.

    Also note that this only covers the dead presidents and not any living ones.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dan marietta, GA, United States 03-20-14
    Dan marietta, GA, United States 03-20-14
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    "I have never laughed so hard"
    Would you listen to How to Fight Presidents again? Why?

    Yes!! and I will. This book is hilarious and actually educational too.


    What other book might you compare How to Fight Presidents to and why?

    Never read/listened to I book like this. If I find another one I'll get it!


    Which character – as performed by Richard McGonagle – was your favorite?

    Theodore Roosevelt, I guess


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I will listen again and again.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to over 500 books and never written a review until now. This is just too funny not to mention the interestring history!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Josh ELKVIEW, WV, United States 03-24-14
    Josh ELKVIEW, WV, United States 03-24-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Absolutely One of the Funniest Books on Audible."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I finished this audiobook in two days. I wold have finished it in one but I stopped every couple of chapters to recommend it to anybody I thought would appreciate it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of How to Fight Presidents?

    It's a given that Teddy Roosevelt's chapter would be awesome (which is was) but I have to say Andrew Jackson might have been my favorite.


    Have you listened to any of Richard McGonagle’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Richard McGonagle's reading is absolutely, 100%, the best performance I've ever heard as it pertains to the material. I don't know if Audible hands out an award for perfection in comedic delivery, but if not, they should. And they should name it the McGonagle.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Ronald Reagan is Wolverine. Ronald Reagan is Wolverine. Ronald Reagan is Wolverine.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Lynbrook, NY, United States 07-14-14
    Kevin Lynbrook, NY, United States 07-14-14 Member Since 2010

    Husband, Dad, Principal, Adjunct prof, RC Deacon, radio co-host, story teller, NYer, walker, & occasional sipper of fine whisk(e)y,

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    "History that will leave you crying (w/ laughter!)"

    I completely enjoyed this well researched and completely unorthodox approach to American History. May I suggest a companion book which pits the presidents against each other? I'd expect a a final four of Washington, Jackson, Lincoln, & TR? (smart money is on TR!)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    William New Bedford, MA, United States 07-13-14
    William New Bedford, MA, United States 07-13-14 Member Since 2013

    This also ends up on Amazon, so I'll make it short.:)

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    I know more about history than most, which is not saying a lot, and I learned something. If for the Zachary Taylor and cherries alone this book is worth it.

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    Prime Buyer Bellevue, WA United States 05-12-14
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    "Funny and Historical"
    Where does How to Fight Presidents rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Ranks right up there for entertainment


    What did you like best about this story?

    History lesson with a funny twist


    What does Richard McGonagle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A nice bass voice with just the right inflections at the right time. I've listened to this book several times and enjoy and learn something each time.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't know if I should take everything here as facts, but the author does disclaim appropriately.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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