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Accidental presidents : eight men who changed America / Jared Cohen.

Cohen, Jared 1981- (author.).

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  • 21 of 28 copies available at NC Cardinal.

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Clemmons Branch 973.099 C (Text) 0112522405919 Adult Nonfiction Checked out 02/07/2020
Cleveland County Main Library 973.099 COH (Text) 22281500141459 Adult Nonfiction Available -
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Forsyth Central 973.099 C (Text) 0112522405839 Adult New Nonfiction Checked out 02/11/2020
George H. & Laura E. Brown Library 973.099 Coh (Text) 30308101216183 Adult Nonfiction Available -
Goldsboro Library 973.099 COH (Text) 900000000824236 Adult Nonfiction Available -
Haywood County Main Library 973.099 Cohen (Text) 33115007668245 Adult Nonfiction Available -
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Record details

  • ISBN: 1501109839
  • ISBN: 9781501109836
  • ISBN: 1501109820
  • ISBN: 9781501109829
  • Physical Description: xii, 509 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2019.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 471-488) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: First to die -- Over my dead body -- Lincoln's choice -- Prince Arthur -- A most ambitious man -- Averting scandal -- "That damn mule!" -- "Give 'em hell Harry!" -- The last time -- Close calls.
Summary, etc.: The strength and prestige of the American presidency has waxed and waned since George Washington. Accidental Presidents looks at eight men who came to the office without being elected to it. It demonstrates how the character of the man in that powerful seat affects the nation and world. Eight men have succeeded to the presidency when the incumbent died in office. In one way or another they vastly changed our history. Only Theodore Roosevelt would have been elected in his own right. Only TR, Truman, and LBJ were re-elected. John Tyler succeeded William Henry Harrison who died 30 days into his term. He was kicked out of his party and became the first president threatened with impeachment. Millard Fillmore succeeded esteemed General Zachary Taylor. He immediately sacked the entire cabinet and delayed an inevitable Civil War by standing with Henry Clay's compromise of 1850. Chester Arthur, the embodiment of the spoils system, was so reviled as James Garfield's successor that he had to defend himself against plotting Garfield's assassination; but he reformed the civil service. Andrew Johnson, who succeeded our greatest president, sided with remnants of the Confederacy in Reconstruction. Theodore Roosevelt broke up the trusts. Calvin Coolidge silently cooled down the Harding scandals and preserved the White House for the Republican Herbert Hoover and the Great Depression. Truman surprised everybody when he succeeded the great FDR and proved an able and accomplished president. Lyndon B. Johnson was named to deliver Texas electorally. He led the nation forward on Civil Rights but failed on Vietnam. "Accidental Presidents" adds immeasurably to our understanding of the power and limits of the American presidency in critical times.
Subject: Presidents Succession United States History Case studies
Presidents United States Biography
Genre: Biographies.
Case studies.

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