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From George Washington's reluctant oath taking through George W. Bush's leadership challenges after September 11, 2001, we view ambitious and fallible men through the new lens of the 21st century. Where did they succeed? Where did they fail? And what do we know now that we could not have known at the time?

©2015 American Heritage (P)2017 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Good top-level summary of presidents

I especially appreciated that the authors tried to present positives about each president, particularly the lesser-known or less well regarded ones and mentioned negatives about generally well regarded ones. It was most helpful with regard to little known presidents. The necessarily superficial coverage was annoying for recent presidents, whose administrations I remember well.

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where is the ending?

It seems reasonable that this book could have been updated since 2004. Great info on all our US Presidents, but it ends abruptly in the middle of the Bush (43) presidency.

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  • Kern
  • WOBURN, MA, United States
  • 01-01-18

Outstanding and Practical

Concise, informative summaries of the lives and tenures of the first 43 Presidents, covering both their highs and lows.