Don't Know Much About the American Presidents

  • by Kenneth C. Davis
  • Narrated by Kenneth C. Davis, Arthur Morey, Kirby Heyborne, Mark Bramhall
  • 23 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For more than 20 years since his New York Times best-seller Don't Know Much About History first appeared, Davis has shown that Americans don't hate history, just the dull version dished out in school.
Now Davis turns his attention to what is arguably the most important and most fascinating subject in American history: our presidents. From the heated debates over executive powers through the curious election of George Washington in 1789 and, for more than 200 years, up through the meteoric rise of Barack Obama, the presidency has been at the heart of American history. From the low lights to the bright lights, from the intellectuals to the disasters, from the memorable to the forgettable and forgotten, Davis tells all the stories. He uses his entertaining question-and-answer style to chart the history of the presidency itself as well as debunk the myths of America's leaders and recount the real stories of these very real people.
For history buffs and history-phobes alike, this entertaining audiobook is packed with memorable facts that will change your understanding of the highest office in the land and the men who have occupied it.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

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stunning...

everything u could ever want to know. fabulous from start to finish!!! a long book but well worth your time
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- Sam

Interesting way to learn about US history

This is an interesting audiobook which essentially explores US history via the mechanism of the presidency in three sections - the first looks at the creation of the office, the second the presidents themselves and the third the future of the office.

The second section forms the bulk of the book. Each chapter in it deals with a different president and follows a set format of key information, a discussion on the presidents life and time in office and then a review of milestones and a grading of between A to F.

The book is read well by the main narrator, although one of the supporting cast (who appears only momentarily to 'ask' an FAQ) is periodically annoying. The audiobook also really should have done away (or at least reduced) the milestone review, which is essentially a long list being read out.

As for content - the book is well written and interesting and you will definitely come away with a new view of US history. If I had a criticism then it would be that the first section (which is very interesting) is over too quickly and that the second section spends proportionally longer on the modern presidents. The grading system is also a bit random - really most presidents are 'A' or 'F' (or 'incomplete') with the 'B' and 'C' grades being very thin on the ground...

This is rather carping though, as overall the book is very good. If you have an interest in US history, then I would definitely give it a go.

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- Andy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 18-09-2012
  • Publisher: Random House Audio