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Accidental presidents : eight men who changed America, Jared Cohen

Label
Accidental presidents : eight men who changed America
Title
Accidental presidents
Title remainder
eight men who changed America
Statement of responsibility
Jared Cohen
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "The strength and prestige of the American presidency has waxed and waned since George Washington. Accidental Presidents looks at eight men who came to the office without being elected to it. It demonstrates how the character of the man in that powerful seat affects the nation and world. Eight men have succeeded to the presidency when the incumbent died in office. In one way or another they vastly changed our history. Only Theodore Roosevelt would have been elected in his own right. Only TR, Truman, and LBJ were re-elected. John Tyler succeeded William Henry Harrison who died 30 days into his term. He was kicked out of his party and became the first president threatened with impeachment. Millard Fillmore succeeded esteemed General Zachary Taylor. He immediately sacked the entire cabinet and delayed an inevitable Civil War by standing with Henry Clay's compromise of 1850. Chester Arthur, the embodiment of the spoils system, was so reviled as James Garfield's successor that he had to defend himself against plotting Garfield's assassination; but he reformed the civil service. Andrew Johnson, who succeeded our greatest president, sided with remnants of the Confederacy in Reconstruction. Theodore Roosevelt broke up the trusts. Calvin Coolidge silently cooled down the Harding scandals and preserved the White House for the Republican Herbert Hoover and the Great Depression. Truman surprised everybody when he succeeded the great FDR and proved an able and accomplished president. Lyndon B. Johnson was named to deliver Texas electorally. He led the nation forward on Civil Rights but failed on Vietnam. Accidental Presidents adds immeasurably to our understanding of the power and limits of the American presidency in critical times"--
  • Cohen looks at eight men who came to the office of President after the incumbent died in office. He demonstrates how the character of the man in that powerful seat affects the nation and world. John Tyler became the first president threatened with impeachment. Millard Fillmore sacked his predecessor's entire cabinet. Andrew Johnson sided with remnants of the Confederacy in Reconstruction. Lyndon B. Johnson led the nation forward on Civil Rights but failed on Vietnam. Their stories add to our understanding of the power and limits of the American presidency in critical times
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Provided by publisher
Biography type
collective biography
Cataloging source
PUL
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1981-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Cohen, Jared
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Presidents
  • Presidents
  • HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / Legislative Branch
  • HISTORY / United States / 19th Century
  • Presidents
  • Presidents
  • United States
Label
Accidental presidents : eight men who changed America, Jared Cohen
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 471-488) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
First to die -- Over my dead body -- Lincoln's choice -- Prince Arthur -- A most ambitious man -- Averting scandal -- "That damn mule!" -- "Give 'em hell Harry!" -- The last time -- Close calls
Control code
1039375326
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
Extent
xii, 509 pages
Isbn
9781501109836
Lccn
2018043445
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1039375326
Label
Accidental presidents : eight men who changed America, Jared Cohen
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 471-488) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
First to die -- Over my dead body -- Lincoln's choice -- Prince Arthur -- A most ambitious man -- Averting scandal -- "That damn mule!" -- "Give 'em hell Harry!" -- The last time -- Close calls
Control code
1039375326
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
Extent
xii, 509 pages
Isbn
9781501109836
Lccn
2018043445
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1039375326

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