Secret Lives of the U.S. Presidents

  • by Cormac O'Brien
  • Narrated by Robin Bloodworth
  • 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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!

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Audible Editor Reviews

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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Fascinating facts

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes definitely it was very interesting and shed light on an important subject of which I knew less than I had believed!
It's quite fascinating to hear about the early days of America, and to reflect on how much has changed. Hearing about Calvin Coolidge and how he slept for 2-4 hours every afternoon was probably the funniest topic.
The story about President Taft's horse also made me laugh out loud.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Teddy Roosevelt


Which character – as performed by Robin Bloodworth – was your favourite?

Eleanor Roosevelt


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Betcha didn't know that!


Any additional comments?

Well worth a listen, and actually I might buy the book too as there's interesting factual information I'd be interested to retread.

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- Dr

Not all that revealing

What your teacher didn't tell you is that half of the US presidents cheated on their partners multiple times. Other than that there really isn't much else to the book.

There are better books on the american presidents out there. I would recommend Don't Know Much About American Presidents before reading this. The structure is exactly the same in that it starts with George and ends with Barack. More details in that book but less about the sex.

This is a good book, just the title's a bit misleading,
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- Mrs

Book Details

  • Release Date: 18-09-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios