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Baptism by Fire: Eight Presidents Who Took Office in Times of Crisis

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Americans have long been defined by how they face adversity. This is perhaps nowhere more evident than in how the nation’s chief executive has tackled myriad issues upon entering the White House. The ways that U.S. presidents handle the vast responsibilities of the Oval Office determine the fate of the nation---and, in many cases, the fate of the world.

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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published January 6th 2009 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published 2009)
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Meghan Sibley
I was kind of surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I do love history and learning about it but wasn't to sure how much I'd like learning about these presidents. This book doesn't just tell you about presidents lives, it goes into depth about what their life in office was like. True to the title they all faced many challenges like war, establishing the new country and even depression. It told of their struggles and triumphs.
I belive sometimes people build presidents up and its hard to reali...more
Gary Schantz
I really enjoyed this book for its introspective look at the situations that eight presidents came into office having to deal with.

While some of the situations have been told before, I am still a big believer that the only President who did the right thing despite his political career implications was President Ford.

This was a man who was twice handed very difficult situations to deal with (one as a member of the Warren Commission looking into President Kennedy's murder and then 10 years later h...more
Sondra
This book was ok if you leave out the incredibly biased authors prologue and epilogue. The main context of the book is interesting with only a few biased opinions thrown in here and there which I expect from any author. It is interesting to see this authors point of view on some very controversial presidents, however when he writes his personal opinions they are very one sides and disrespectful to many of our leaders simply because they were republican. This is a sad trait to see in a book about...more
Maryclaire Zampogna
I learned many things that I either forgot in history class or weren't informed of. This books brings attention to the second in command and what the results will be. It also tells of troubled waters as the new president learns from the old. It is a great update in the presidents.
Heather
It took a little effort to get into but is well worth it. Note to conservative-minded readers: you will not like the final chapter. I consider myself more liberal and I was sort of taken aback.
James
Not a great book, not a bad book. There is not any new material here. I did not learn or read anything I didn't already know.
Nathan
Decent synopsis of the very specific and monumental challenges faced by some of our most notable U.S. presidents.
Joel Michael
Not bad found a few facts that I was not aware of during the Nixon years
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