Accidental Presidents: Eight Men Who Changed America
- American History , American Presidents
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History can change in a heartbeat
The strength and prestige of the American presidency has waxed and waned since George Washington. Throughout our history, eight men have succeeded to the presidency when the incumbent died in office. John Tyler, Millard Fillmore, Andrew Johnson, Chester Arthur, Theodore Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge, Harry Truman, and Lyndon B. Johnson all came into the nation’s highest office without being elected to it. Only Theodore Roosevelt would have been elected in his own right and only Roosevelt, Truman, Coolidge, and LBJ were re-elected.
Accidental Presidents examines how these eight men vastly changed the course of our nation and the world. It also adds immeasurably to our understanding of the power and limits of the presidency in critical times.
“What a delightful book and brilliant concept! Jared Cohen treats us to some of the most colorful and momentous episodes in our history when we unexpectedly got a new president. He reveals the historic importance of some lesser-known leaders, and highlights the greatness of Teddy Roosevelt, Harry Truman and Lyndon Johnson. Through their fascinating tales we learn why America is such a resilient nation and our Constitution a living document—lessons very powerful for today.”—Walter Isaacson, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Wise Men, Steve Jobs and Leonardo da Vinci
"Fascinating, compelling and often alarming. With astonishing story after story, Jared Cohen chronicles the whole pageant of the unsteady, the unready and the unexpectedly capable. Nearly ten percent of our presidents succeeded because of the deaths of those who chose them mostly out of political expediency to be forgotten number twos. Will we luck out in the future with a surprising Harry Truman or with a wrecker like Andrew Johnson? In God we trust. But read Jared Cohen."—Sidney Blumenthal, author of A Self-Made Man and Wrestling with His Angels
“Thanks to Jared Cohen. The stories of eight accidental presidents are now all in one grand place. Cohen deserves a medal for performing this public service.”—Patricia O’Toole, author of The Moralist: Woodrow Wilson and the World He Made
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|Release Date:||April 9, 2019|