Don't Know Much About the American Presidents

  • by Kenneth C. Davis
  • Narrated by Arthur Morey, Kirby Heyborne, Mark Bramhall, Kenneth C. Davis
  • 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.


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Customer Reviews

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Too Biased

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend anybody to any friend because I believe the more you read the more you will learn. So, yes I would recommend this book to a friend.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I'm not sure yet.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Hearing the narrators gives me a completely different perspective because they pronounce words more fluidly then me.

What else would you have wanted to know about Kenneth C. Davis’s life?

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Any additional comments?

The reason why I say this book is way to biased is because of the grading scale the author uses. Why couldn't he just present the facts and let the reader grade the presidencies? He gave A+'s to every president who abused their powers and expanded more government. But gave C's and below to every president who believed more in limited government.

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- Justin Swihart

Very informative. Excellent

Would you consider the audio edition of Don't Know Much About the American Presidents to be better than the print version?

This book will tell you everything you want to know about each President. Very very informative. Details details details!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not a book you can listen to in one sitting. I found it best to listen about one President at a time, take a break, and then move on to the next.

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- RobLokkesmoe

Book Details

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