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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

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"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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  • R. Greeno Jr.
  • 13-06-2016

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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  • Ricky Giovanetto
  • 26-07-2016

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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  • William Hooper
  • 31-12-2016

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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  • Jake Starbuck
  • 21-03-2019

FANTASTIC Book!

I love, love, love this book! Anyone even remotely in American history, the American Presidency, or America as it is today should buy this masterpiece!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-12-2018

An unconditional rating

Traditionally presidential ratings systems place the activist presidents such as Lincoln, the two Roosevelt's, Wilson, etc at the top of list. Under most systems the further a president is from the constitution as the founders envisioned it the greater a president you are. But, this book is different. The more a president adheres to the constitution the greater he is. Consequently, McClanahan's list is upsides down from most presidential list . He place the usual low riders John Tyler, Grover Cleveland, Calvin Coolidge ,etc . at the top and the usual presidential gods at the bottom. Unfortunately he doesn't evaluate all of the presidents, only a few and I would like to see him do a full fledged evaluation of all of our chief executives from Washington to Trump, but this book is a good first step.

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  • Justin McCain
  • 18-03-2018

Great book!

I’ve never agreed with the list of greatest and worst presidents. This gave a clear outline and then explained why they were the worst or best.

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  • Todd L. Jones
  • 29-10-2017

Better than I expected

I wanted to see what this was about. I found it intriguing although a little heavy. MADE ME THINK and that is what I wanted. Very interesting ideas.

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  • Jamie
  • 06-05-2017

would love to hear an expansion

I loved it and would love to hear an expansion on the good presidents that were mentioned.

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  • James
  • 03-02-2017

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
  • 13-12-2016

Good analysis and ideas

This Canadian liked it. Good solution at the end proposed by the author. Reasonable and realistic.

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