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Accidental Presidents: Eight Men Who Changed America based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
In accidental presidents, Jared Cohen is focusing on eight American presidents who came to the office without them being elected. And the fact that how their nature and personality Shifts and alter the world and the entire country. And how these eight men really changed the history. Accidental presidents also enhance a great comprehension of limits and powers faced through presidency's critical times. A very educational book. I knew about five but had no idea about the other three. Accidental presidents also offer several new and unheard stories. One thing I really liked about this book was the history was brought to life. Very well written book and wild at the same time. I found Roosevelt's chapter the most interesting chapter. Many thanks to Net Galley and the Publisher for sending me an advanced copy.
Examining the eight Vice Presidents who assumed the presidency due to the death of their predecessors in office is an interesting premise for a book, and with Accidental Presidents, Jared Cohen pulls it off nicely. He seems to warm to his subject as the chapters go on (probably because the later presidents and the circumstances they find themselves in are more compelling than the earlier ones—let’s face it, who really remembers Millard Fillmore or Chester Arthur?). Although some biographical information on each is included, the book’s focus is firmly on the vice presidencies of these eight men and their ascent to the White House, and on how prepared or, in most cases, unprepared they were for their new role. I found the chapters on Harry Truman the most fascinating in this respect, as he (along with Andrew Johnson) arguably faced the most difficult issues from the moment he took the oath. (Interestingly, Truman is one of the two accidental presidents—Teddy Roosevelt is the other—who gets highest marks from Cohen, who ranks Johnson as the worst.) There were times when I wished I had more historical context—Cohen does try to set the stage for each presidency, but this is certainly not an exhaustive study—but I think this is just a natural constraint of the project’s scope. Chock full of fun facts and interesting historical tidbits (who knew that Eleanor Roosevelt wrote HUNDREDS of letters to Harry Truman offering unsolicited advice on every issue imaginable?), Accidental Presidents is a nice addition to the genre.