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9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America Audiobook

9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America: And Four Who Tried to Save Her

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Of the 44 presidents who have led the United States, nine made mistakes that permanently scarred the nation. Which nine? Brion McClanahan, author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Founding Fathers and The Founding Fathers' Guide to the Constitution, will surprise listeners with his list, which he supports with exhaustive and entertaining evidence.

9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America is a new look back at American history that unabashedly places blame for our nation's current problems on the backs of nine very flawed men.

©2016 Brion McClanahan (P)2016 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"This book is both a fascinating read by a master historian and a necessary guide for any voter." (Kevin R. C. Gutzman, author of James Madison and the Making of America)

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    "Great Historical Perspective"

    Very informative book. Although I do not agree with all the author's viewpoints, he is correct in 95% of what he is saying.

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    Terry K. Fowler 09-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting but a bit odd"

    Good points about the spoiling of our constitutional government but author is a long ways north of extreme in his analysis and his solutions would appear to cause more problems than they would solve. Nonetheless it is a thought provoking book.

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    Jeff 12-28-16
    Jeff 12-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Good book on Presidents"

    Liked this book. It helps to understand some of the mess we are in now as a Nation.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ricky Giovanetto Tremont, Illinois United States 07-26-16
    Ricky Giovanetto Tremont, Illinois United States 07-26-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Required Reading before the Election"

    This is not a simplistic book, but all true Americans should read it before they vote in November 2016. It is guaranteed to step on your toes, whether Republican or Democrat since neither party escapes the constitutional scrutiny of McClanahan. If you have ever wondered how we arrived at the Imperial Presidency of Barak Obama, this book shows you the path and corruption of the most brilliant form of government ever conceived by human intellect. If you are a partisan political hack, you will need to put away the Kool-aid, and actually use your brain.

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    R. Greeno Jr. 06-13-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting"

    A very interesting look at the presidency from a unique perspective that of a strictly constitutional one. I was surprised at how much power has been sent in the wrong directions and then stays there because that is "how we have done it before"

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    Craig 09-12-16
    Craig 09-12-16
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    "Analysis misses a big gap"
    Would you recommend 9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America to your friends? Why or why not?

    I am glad to understand the perspective of those that want the strictest of the strict interpretations of the Constitution. I don't really question Mr. McClanahan's conclusions based on his interpretations, but he misses a couple important factors. If, in reality, all presidents were forced to exist strictly within the confines of strict construction, then power blocks would have formed to create many constitutional amendments, not least being one to make it easier to amend the Constitution. From an historic perspective, that option perhaps has more problematic long term implications than even the gradual executive overreach we've experienced.


    Was 9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America worth the listening time?

    A good length, some very interesting ideas. I don't buy them all, but it thoroughly succeeded in giving me ideas to consider.


    Any additional comments?

    I appreciated at the end his clear suggestions on changes to the current Constitution he believes in. I think his belief that putting presidents on a single term instead of two actually increases the likelihood they'll try to over reach, as all terms would therein be "second" terms. On the other hand, not having an election to run towards the end of the first term would have the advantage of keeping the President on the job rather than on the campaign trail.

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    James 02-03-17
    James 02-03-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Very interesting but don't be gullible"

    I think this book is very interesting and thought provoking but the reader needs to recognize that actual facts, alternate facts (falsehoods), and the authors opinions are all presented as facts. The reader needs to know that the author works for Breitbart and his opinions and comments reflect Breitbart's views.

    Mr. McClanahan states over and over that actions taken by certain Presidents do not conform to the way the "founding generation" viewed and interpreted the Constitution. At the same time he says that George Washington & John Adams were the first Presidents to violate the Constitution and Thomas Jefferson had to correct their errors. He doesn't acknowledge that all three men were part of the founding generation and that opinions of the founding fathers were far from uniform.

    He takes a very strict literal interpretation of the Constitution. The President should only veto a bill if it is unconstitutional. The President should not follow a law if he thinks it is unconstitutional. He should make that decision himself because the Supreme Court Judges are political appointees and will not make unbiased decisions. As proof of this he cites one decision regarding a law (can't remember which one) that he knows is unconstitutional but the Supreme Court decided 8-1 that it was constitutional. Of course there is no chance that he is wrong and the eight judges might be right.

    Some of the "unconstitutional" actions that he cites: Lincoln fighting the civil war to keep the south from seceding, restrictions implemented in the child labor laws in the early 1900's, anti-trust laws in the early 1900's, food and meat inspections in the early 1900's conducted by the Food Administration (predecessor to the FDA), the income tax, workplace safety laws and all the regulations passed by OSHA, all environmental laws and regulations, etc.

    All of that being said, the book does make you think. Just make sure you recognize he is pushing a political agenda in the same way that Oliver Stone is pushing a political agenda. It's just on the other end of the political spectrum.

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    Amazon Customer Mexico 08-08-16
    Amazon Customer Mexico 08-08-16 Member Since 2011
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    "It should be included in schools textbooks !"

    The author mantained focus in the important theme of the Constitution.

    Excellent narrator.

    Important as well for other countries.

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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 09-07-17
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    "Eye Opening Listen on Constitutional Government"

    Many will debate the basis of the author's writing, but in doing so, they will be questioning the very basis of the Constitution of the United States . . . America has sadly become a country of whiners and self-serving belly-achers, the likes of which are serving in the highest offices in our government . . . the vision that our founding fathers had for this great republic (yes, REPUBLIC) has been lost amongst an increasingly heavy handed executive office, grabbing control, where there was no legal authority to do so . . . robbing the Congress and Senate, and individual states of their own right to legislate as originally planned and penned by our constitution . . . an ever increasing slippery slope has led is to where we are now . . . although I am not as optimistic as the author that the problem can ever be fixed (because America is now a nation of wimps), I do agree with his analysis of the issues . . . this is the kind of history that our children need to be taught in school . . .

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    Brian 09-07-17
    Brian 09-07-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Should Be Mandatory Reading"
    Would you listen to 9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America again? Why?

    Yes, indeed I will. I'm purchasing the hardcover book to share with others. This book should be mandatory reading for everyone because it's packed full of information on what a POTUS and Constitutional Republic should be and once was. America is NOT a Democracy, people. We have given way to corruption, which is Communism at it's lowest denominator. It's time to wake people up before our way of life is completely changed and our country lost. America's future is being stolen via corrupt politicians who've been bought and paid for...we do not have legal and lawful representation as prescribed within the U.S. Constitution.


    What other book might you compare 9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America to and why?

    "Technocracy Rising" by Patrick Wood. Every action has an unavoidable reaction and consequences, which are clearly illustrated within the text of this outstanding book. America is losing it's freedom and liberty via corrupt groups and enterprises seeking to control our every ability through technology and a scientific dictatorship.


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

    This is the first. He does okay...


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Too many to list. This is a must read book for those who want to know how bad our government has gotten. To have a timeline of our political system and how we've gotten so off-coarse is very important when debating useful idiots who have chosen to argue for the end of their own demise...and our demise since they demand that we follow them into the abyss!


    Any additional comments?

    Read the book and tell everyone within your sphere of influence ASAP!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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