• Secret Lives of the U.S. Presidents

  • What Your Teachers Never Told you About the Men of The White House
  • De : Cormac O'Brien
  • Lu par : Robin Bloodworth
  • Durée : 8 h et 17 min
  • Version intégrale Livre audio
  • Date de publication : 18/09/2013
  • Langue : Anglais
  • Éditeur : Audible Studios
  • 2 out of 5 stars (1 notation)

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Looking for a grand historical drama in which great men undergo great trials in pursuit of great deeds? Well, this is not that book. The great men in Cormac O’Brien’s survey of America’s presidential pantheon are at their laziest, their craziest, and their strangest. Some of the revelations here are old news - Jefferson’s sexual dalliances with his slaves, for example, or Lincoln’s free hand with pardons for soldiers facing executions. Others are truly startling. (Next time some talk-radio pundit accuses a president of gambling away the country’s money, consider that Warren G. Harding actually bet with the presidential china in poker games!) Not Pulitzer material, but Robin Bloodworth’s sure narration makes this a great choice for a long drive.

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Your high school history teachers never gave you a book like this one! Secret Lives of the U.S. Presidents features outrageous and uncensored profiles of the men in the White House - complete with hundreds of little-known, politically incorrect, and downright wacko facts. You’ll discover that:

  • George Washington spent a whopping 7% of his salary on booze
  • John Quincy Adams loved to skinny-dip in the Potomac River
  • Gerald Ford once worked as a Cosmopolitan magazine cover model
  • Warren G. Harding gambled with White House china when he ran low on cash
  • Jimmy Carter reported a UFO sighting in Georgia
  • And Richard Nixon . . . sheesh, don’t get us started on Nixon!

With chapters on everyone from George Washington to Barack Obama, Secret Lives of the U.S. Presidents tackles all the tough questions that other history books are afraid to ask: How many of these guys were cheating on their wives? Are there really secret tunnels underneath the White House? And what was Nancy Reagan thinking when she appeared on Diff’rent Strokes? American history was never this much fun in school!

©2009 Cormac O'Brien (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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  • Swede
  • 20/02/2017

Very interesting

An interesting book, although I found it a little more interesting from FDR on because they're presidents who I am familiar with ---

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  • Scott D. Gray
  • 25/06/2015

Sloppy, dull, partisan

The author, O'Brien, did not make himself master of his material. Every piece of trivia recounted could be found in a quick web search, and many even more interesting things were left out.

O'Brien made the novice historian's error of presuming to speak for what his subjects wanted or thought without showing evidence that this was the motive behind the policy in question (and obviously ignoring direct evidence from the Presidents' own speeches writings and diaries that contradicts his psychoanalysis. This is compounded by an easy partisanship; partisanship is easier to forgive in a historian who recognizes her/his own biases, but O'Brien has no such sense of self, writing over and over things like "everybody agrees that . . ." or "we can all be thankful that . . ." about issues faced in the past over which reasonable people still differ today.

A good prose style can make up for sloppy history, as in Chesterton's thoroughly enjoyable if unreliable history of England. Sadly O'Brien's prose is lackluster; neither engaging, enraging, or melodious, but in the form of simple un-lyrical statements and lists.

I wanted to like the book, but I simply could not find a purchase from which I could hang any praise for it.

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  • Mark T Owens
  • 07/03/2016

A real bore nothing new in here

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Save your time and go to Wikipedia

Has Secret Lives of the U.S. Presidents turned you off from other books in this genre?

No I love history

Would you listen to another book narrated by Robin Bloodworth?

Never again

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Secret Lives of the U.S. Presidents?

All this is common knowledge

Any additional comments?

No

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  • Z_cochran
  • 12/11/2017

Incredible

This is an incredible book. The content is very funny and engaging. Also, Robin Bloodworth has the perfect voice for narrating this book. If you have any interest in the U.S. Presidents and are not a prude, then you need to buy this book!

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  • Cassie
  • 06/04/2016

Great before Ford... Heavily liberal bias towards more recent presidents.

Overall... It was enjoyable! He does give Obama, Clinton, and Carter more praise than deserved. He Raped the Bushes... And was even overly negative regarding the Reagan success saying he was abhorred by many?!?!

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  • 52Girls
  • 30/10/2015

So biased.

Very little of the book was information I haven't read before. Google was definitely this author's friend. I'd have given it one more star for effort, but the tone was so over the top snarky for every Republican President. Not an objective study at all.

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  • GradyCarter
  • 06/09/2016

One of my new favorite books

I love hearing about the good and the bad of significant characters in history. This book was right up my alley! I'd say more, but just do yourself a favor and read it...

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