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Star-Spangled Men: America's Ten Worst Presidents

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  65 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Picking America's best presidents is easy. George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Franklin D. Roosevelt usually lead the list, But choosing the nation's worst presidents requires more thought. In Star-Spangled Men, respected presidential biographer Nathan Miller puts on display those leaders who were abject failures as chief executive. With pointed humor and a deft hand, ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published February 25th 1999 by Scribner (first published 1998)
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Jun 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
There are some interesting stories in the book, but there is also some truly bad history. There is no doubt that the presidents highlighted here
were bad. The corruption and inability to make decisions or set a vision are rightly condemned. However, a number of presidents were faulted for not knowing things that would only be understood or known decades later. It is easy see the slide to the Civil War or the long term ramifications of the first protests in Iran from the distance of 30 years. The
Oct 25, 2012 rated it liked it
This is an interesting book by Nathan Miller, who claims impartiality by indicating that he has voted Democrat 7 times, Republican 4 times, and minor party twice. I don't know if I agree with his choices or not--I'm certainly no historian. But it was very interesting for the historical and biographical information. I also learned that I never want to be president--what a job! I actually already knew that, though. I'll list his 10 worst presidents in reverse order with brief comment:

10. Jimmy Car
Nov 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It showed the history behind the names we all know by rote and the blemishes forgotten by most history books. I particularly enjoyed learning more about Coolidge, Buchanan, and Harding. Warren G is my new fave prez. I also really enjoyed the epilogue where the author related who he thought were the 2 most overrated POTUS, Jefferson and Kennedy. I could have read a whole book just on that. All in all, I think this is a good read for those wanting to know more about the ...more
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Enlightening book about this author's list of the worst presidents. Even if you disagree, you'll learn something, and he makes good arguments for his inclusions of the worst, and adds two whom he considers overrated.
Stephen Barron
Jun 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is a fast read and well worth the time. Great to read on lunch hour while reading other books. It is great because little is written about these presidents as opposed to Lincoln, Washington, Kennedy etc...
Aug 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Contains some interesting anecdotes about ten of our presidents. A different tact from the usual "10 greatest presidents" angle.
Apr 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Calvin Coolidge is the best. I kind of want to marry him just because the chapter on him made me laugh so much.
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