American Presidents
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    John Adams | John Patrick Diggins

    John Adams

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By John Patrick Diggins
    • Narrated By Richard Rohan
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    Perhaps no U.S. president was less suited for the practice of politics than John Adams. A gifted philosopher who helped lead the movement for American independence from its inception, Adams was unprepared for the realities of party politics that had already begun to dominate the new country before Washington left office. But, as John Patrick Diggins shows, Adams's contributions still resonate today.

    A Worthy Addition

    Good short biography of Adams. The author discusses Adam's political thought as much as he does Adam's life, making this book a nice addition to the c..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 18 2004 by Terry (Strafford, NH, USA)
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    Thomas Jefferson | Joyce Appleby

    Thomas Jefferson

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    • By Joyce Appleby
    • Narrated By Ira Calffey
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    Jefferson described his election to the presidency as a second American Revolution. Historian Joyce Appleby, rigorously explores this claim. She argues that he did, in fact, transform the political landscape of the US by limiting the power of the government and eradicating the elitist practices inherited from the colonial era. His struggle to transfer influence from the upper class to the common citizen while limiting the power of the American government created a powerful vision of liberty and democracy.

    Good introduction to Jefferson

    I love Thomas Jefferson and so enjoyed this book quite a bit. It focused on his presidency but also gave a good overview of the great person he was. ..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 12 2003 by reggie p (PA)
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    John Quincy Adams | Robert V. Remini

    John Quincy Adams

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    • By Robert V. Remini
    • Narrated By Ira Claffey
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    While John Quincy Adams' natural tendencies were toward a contemplative life filled with art and literature, his path was predestined - the law and then public service. It is no wonder that later, as a grown man, accomplished and admired, he was spoken of as cold and austere, even misanthropic.

    Average President, but extraordinary man

    John Quincy Adams did not have one of the great Presidencies, eventually giving way to Andrew Jackson. But he lived an extraordinary life, from witne..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 01 2012 by buffaloboy (Buffalo, NY)
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    Rutherford B. Hayes | Hans L. Trefousse

    Rutherford B. Hayes

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    • By Hans L. Trefousse
    • Narrated By Ira Claffey
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    The similarities between the controversial elections of 1876 and 2000 have brought Rutherford B. Hayes back into public memory. In 1876, Hayes's opponent, Samuel Tilden, won the popular vote and led the Electoral College, but when the returns in some states were disputed, a special electoral commission handed the presidency to Hayes. Historian Hans L. Trefousse recounts the obstacles, triumphs, and real legacy of Hayes' presidency.

    No Depth

    This book read like a timeline of his actions and accomplishments - a Cliff Notes - a third grader's report on "What I did this summer". I must be sp..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 06 2004 by Edwin (Elmore, OH, USA)
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    Grover Cleveland | Henry F. Graff

    Grover Cleveland

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    • By Henry F. Graff
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    Though often overlooked, Grover Cleveland was a significant figure in American presidential history. Having run for President three times and gaining the popular vote majority each time, Cleveland was unique in the line of nineteenth-century Chief Executives. Presidential historian Henry F. Graff revives Cleveland's fame, explaining how he fought to restore stature to the office in the wake of several weak administrations.

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    William McKinley | Kevin Phillips, Arthur M. Schlesinger

    William McKinley

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    • By Kevin Phillips, Arthur M. Schlesinger
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    By any serious measurement, best-selling historian Kevin Phillips argues, William McKinley was a major American president. It was during his administration that the United States made its diplomatic and military debut as a world power. McKinley was one of eight presidents who, either in the White House or on the battlefield, stood as principals in successful wars, and he was among the six or seven to take office in what became recognized as a major realignment of the U.S. party system.

    Thought-provoking

    William McKinley (1843-1901) was president from 1897 until his assassination in 1901. He was the twenty-five president of the United States. McKinl..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 17 2015 by Jean (Santa Cruz, CA, United States)
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    Theodore Roosevelt | Louis Auchincloss

    Theodore Roosevelt

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    • By Louis Auchincloss
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    The American century opened with the election of that quintessentially American adventurer, Theodore Roosevelt. Louis Auchincloss' biography introduces us to the man behind the many myths of Theodore Roosevelt. From his early involvement in the politics of New York City and then New York State, we trace his celebrated military career and finally his ascent to the national political stage.

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    Woodrow Wilson | H.W. Brands

    Woodrow Wilson

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    • By H.W. Brands
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    The product of Wilson's efforts — his vision of the United States as a nation uniquely suited for moral leadership by virtue of its democratic tradition — is a view of foreign policy that is still in place today. Brands provides great insight into the celebrated president and "man of words."

    Does the Trick

    This biography of Woodrow WIlson is not the most stunning thing you'll ever listen to, but it has the benefit of being an excellent, concise overview ..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 19 2004 by Jordan (Raleigh, NC, USA)
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    Harry S. Truman: The American Presidents Series | Robert Dallek

    Harry S. Truman: The American Presidents Series

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    • By Robert Dallek
    • Narrated By William Dufris
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    He was the plainspoken man from Missouri who never expected to be president, yet rose to become one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century.

    In April 1945, after the death of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the presidency fell to a former haberdasher and clubhouse politician from Independence, Missouri. Many believed he would be overmatched by the job, but Harry S. Truman would surprise them all.

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    Ronald Reagan: The American Presidents Series: The 40th President, 1981-1989 | Jacob Weisberg

    Ronald Reagan: The American Presidents Series: The 40th President, 1981-1989

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    • By Jacob Weisberg
    • Narrated By Dennis Holland
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    In the second half of the 20th century, no American president defined his political era as did Ronald Reagan. He ushered in an age that extolled smaller government, tax cuts, and strong defense, and to this day politicians of both political parties operate within the parameters of the world he made. His eight years in office, from 1981 to 1989, were a time of economic crisis and recovery, a new American assertiveness abroad, and an engagement with the Soviet Union that began in conflict but moved in surprising new directions.

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    George H. W. Bush: The American President Series: The 41st President, 1989-1993 | Timothy Naftali

    George H. W. Bush: The American President Series: The 41st President, 1989-1993

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Timothy Naftali
    • Narrated By Patrick Frederic
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    George Bush was an uncomfortable leader, a distant patrician figure who spoke awkwardly and was long thought to lack "the vision thing". And yet, as Timothy Naftali argues, there was no person of his generation better prepared for the challenges facing the United States as the Cold War ended. Bush brilliantly shepherded Russian reformers through the liberalization of their socialist system and skillfully orchestrated the reunification of Germany.

    Conventional Liberal Wisdom

    This is a reasonably well written short biography of Bush 41 which is consistent with the approach of the other biographies in the Schlesinger series ..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 05 2012 by Davis (San Pedro, CA, United States)
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