Imperfect Presidents: Tales of Presidential Misadventure and Triumph

3.5 avg rating
( 12 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9781403975133: Imperfect Presidents: Tales of Presidential Misadventure and Triumph

When people make bad decisions, odd remarks, and just plain silly mistakes, the results are sure to haunt them. But when these things happen to the president of the United States, they can change the course of history. In this clever portrait of the American presidency, Jim Cullen takes ten presidents down from their pedestals by examining key missteps in their careers--and how they transcended them. Examples include Abraham Lincoln smearing a preacher and rediscovering his religious vision in emancipating slaves; Lyndon Johnson's electoral fraud in his 1948 Senate race and his role in the signing of the Voting Rights Act; and Ronald Reagan's subversion of the Constitution in the Iran-Contra affair and affirmation of world peace in helping bring about the end of the Cold War. Targeting Republicans and Democrats alike, Cullen's insights are surprisingly timely and hugely entertaining.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Jim Cullen is the author of "Born in the USA" (Literary Guild Alternate), "The American Dream," and other books. He has taught at Harvard, Brown, and Sarah Lawrence College, and currently teaches at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York, where he also serves on the Board of Trustees. He lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.

Review:

“Jim Cullen has dared to write an old-fashioned book about the virtues of American presidents. But instead of wooden tales about cherry trees and log cabins, he has given us complex portraits of flawed men who performed acts of moral courage at critical moments in the nation's history. Imperfect Presidents invites us to admire these leaders--and even to find lessons in their stories--without indulging in hero-worship.” ―Steven Biel, Executive Director, Humanities Center, Harvard University, and author of American Gothic: A Life of America's Most Famous Painting

“Cullen, one of America's most versatile historians, displays his usual acumen with a topic that will never go out of fashion. The ways that our presidents invariably disappoint us, and the more interesting ways that they occasionally rebound from that disappointment, combine to make this a deeply satisfying read about the world's most powerful office. Great history for specialists and non-specialists alike.” ―Ted Widmer, former Clinton speech writer and Director and Librarian, John Carter Brown Library, Brown University

“Wise and often moving.” ―Fredric Smoler, AmericanHeritage.com

“In Imperfect Presidents, Jim Cullen offers a highly readable look at 11 commanders-in-chief and how they overcame major mistakes... With keen analysis and telling anecdotes culled from presidential biographies, Cullen proves that even the most revered presidents weren't saints... Cullen doesn't shy away from balanced appraisals of recent leaders and actions still deemed controversial.” ―Gary Budzak, The Columbus Dispatch

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Buy New View Book
List Price: US$ 24.95
US$ 3.47

Convert Currency

Shipping: US$ 5.41
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.

Destination, Rates & Speeds

Add to Basket

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Jim Cullen
Published by Palgrave Macmillan (2007)
ISBN 10: 1403975132 ISBN 13: 9781403975133
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Travel-Bookshop
(Hertfordshire, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Brand new books and maps available immediately from a reputable and well rated UK bookseller - not sent from the USA; despatched promptly and reliably worldwide by Royal Mail; Bookseller Inventory # MOV11129781403975133

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 3.47
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 5.41
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Cullen, Jim
Published by Palgrave Macmillan (2007)
ISBN 10: 1403975132 ISBN 13: 9781403975133
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Orbiting Books
(Hereford, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Next day dispatch from the UK (Mon-Fri). Please contact us with any queries. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000414472

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 3.36
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.23
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Jim Cullen
Published by Palgrave Macmillan (2007)
ISBN 10: 1403975132 ISBN 13: 9781403975133
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Rating
[?]

Book Description Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # A054C9781403975133

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 10.08
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.52
From Germany to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Cullen, Jim
Published by Palgrave Macmillan (2007)
ISBN 10: 1403975132 ISBN 13: 9781403975133
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Bestsellersuk
(Hereford, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. No.1 BESTSELLERS - great prices, friendly customer service â" all orders are dispatched next working day. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000503960

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 3.38
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 11.21
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Cullen, Jim
ISBN 10: 1403975132 ISBN 13: 9781403975133
New Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2007. HRD. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # VV-9781403975133

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 13.18
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Jim Cullen
Published by MacMillan Publishers
ISBN 10: 1403975132 ISBN 13: 9781403975133
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description MacMillan Publishers. Book Condition: New. Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 1403975132

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 14.13
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.50
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Jim Cullen
Published by Palgrave USA, United States (2007)
ISBN 10: 1403975132 ISBN 13: 9781403975133
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Palgrave USA, United States, 2007. Hardback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. This work features moments of public embarrassment, unfortunate decisions, secret business meetings - awkward blunders that are best swept under the carpet of history. But when these things happen to the president of the United States, they can change the course of history. In this clever, tongue in cheek portrait of the American presidency, Jim Cullen takes ten presidents down from their pedestals and turns history on its head. Targeting Republicans and Democrats alike, Cullen s insights are surprisingly timely and hugely entertaining. Bookseller Inventory # BTE9781403975133

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 19.67
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Cullen, Jim
Published by St. Martin's Press
ISBN 10: 1403975132 ISBN 13: 9781403975133
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
IBestBargains, LLC
(Houston, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description St. Martin's Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1403975132 Brand New Book in Perfect Condition.Fast Shipping with tracking number. Bookseller Inventory # KADA-DBSPD-1896

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 16.18
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Cullen J.
ISBN 10: 1403975132 ISBN 13: 9781403975133
New Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
firstbookstore
(New Delhi, India)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: Brand New. Brand New Original US Edition, Perfect Condition. Printed in English. Excellent Quality, Service and customer satisfaction guaranteed!. Bookseller Inventory # AIND-27989

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 23.29
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From India to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Cullen J.
ISBN 10: 1403975132 ISBN 13: 9781403975133
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Bookshub
(Karol Bagh, India)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. New. US edition. Perfect condition. Customer satisfaction our priority. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-FEB-85955

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 23.52
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From India to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book