Karl's Reviews > Failures of the Presidents: from the Whiskey Rebellion and War of 1812 to the Bay of Pigs and War in Iraq

Failures of the Presidents by Thomas J. Craughwell
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Mar 13, 2011

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Read from February 25 to March 13, 2011

A fun and informative trip through missteps of past American presidents. Well-researched and entertainingly presented. Naturally, it glosses over some details, preferring brevity and mass appeal to full consideration, but the trade-off seemed reasonable enough.

My one gripe is the final chapter on George W. Bush. I happen to share the opinion that the initiation of the war was a failure. And the authors present ample evidence. But whereas the other chapters are thoughtful reflections on history, not enough time has passed, or information been released, for this chapter to fit comfortably in the book. Already more information has come out that would SUPPORT this chapter. Still seems too soon for inclusion in this particular work.

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