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Presidential opportunism contrasted with presidential principle--Cullen's format has the potential to attract readers through its character-illuminating stories. Character -- Political aspects -- United States -- Anecdotes. When people make bad decisions, odd remarks, and just plain silly mistakes, the results are sure to haunt them. Ashley marked it as to-read Dec 01, AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.
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Write a customer review. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Cullen does an excellent job of giving a historical account with a twist of humor as he presents a side note of events not easily found in mainstream history. He shines a light the lives of our past presidents in ways that may have been missed or glossed over in school books.
In some ways, I walked away with a different view of how I looked at some of our more colorful leaders.
One person found this helpful. This book was really entertaining!! While this fascinating book, is a bit all over the place -- jumping from one president and topic to the next -- it's still very much worth reading for the wonderful, juicy tidbits about some of our most esteemed and some less respected presidents. Focusing on how they got themselves in awkward, difficult situations, and the courage they often showed to extricate themselves, Jim Cullen offers a great source for history teachers looking for good content to spice-up their lectures.
The chapter titles and subtitles tell it all: In which we see a winter soldier demonstrate the limits of power, the power of limits, and a new kind of leadership for a new kind of nation" Ch 1 "Vice-President-Elect Jefferson Stabs a Friend in the Back: In which we see that a privileged upbringing need not handicap a very senior citizen" Ch 3 "Representative [Abraham] Lincoln Smears a Preacher: In which we see an ambitious politico achieve the moral--and spiritual--clarity of a great emancipator" Ch 4 "'Gentleman Boss' [Chester A.
In which we see a great political hack discover the virtues of good governance" Ch 5 "Dude T. In which we see a handicapped man learn he must not be a bully if he wants to save the world from despotism" Ch 7 " "'Landslide Lyndon' Takes a Position: In which we see an amoral opportunist commit an act of courage" Ch 8 "Vice-President Ford Stumbles at the gate: In which we see a saber-rattler break some rules, get caught, and go on to win an important contest--in good faith" Ch In which we see an offensive player master a defensive strategy" Epilogue: President Bush Fumbles an Invasion: See all 3 reviews.
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United States -- Politics and government -- Anecdotes. Summary When people make bad decisions, odd remarks, and just plain silly mistakes, the results are sure to haunt them. Booklist Review In an anecdotal style, a perennially popular form of American presidential history, Cullen counterpoises a slipup with a success in 11 chief executives. Excerpts "Jim Cullen has dared to write an old-fashioned book about the virtues of American presidents. But instead of wooden tales about cherry trees and log cabins, he has given us complex portraits of flawed men who performed acts of moral courage at critical moments in the nation's history.
Imperfect Presidents invites us to admire these leaders--and even to find lessons in their stories--without indulging in hero-worship. A Life of America's Most Famous Painting "Cullen, one of America's most versatile historians, displays his usual acumen with a topic that will never go out of fashion. The ways that our presidents invariably disappoint us, and the more interesting ways that they occasionally rebound from that disappointment, combine to make this a deeply satisfying read about the world's most powerful office.
Great history for specialists and non-specialists alike. With keen analysis and telling anecdotes culled from presidential biographies, Cullen proves that even the most revered presidents weren't saints Cullen doesn't shy away from balanced appraisals of recent leaders and actions still deemed controversial. Tales of Misadventure and Triumph by Jim Cullen All rights reserved by the original copyright owners.