As a prisoner of war, Andrew Jackson walked several miles barefoot across state lines while suffering from smallpox and a serious head wound received when he refused to polish the boots of the soldiers who had taken him captive. He was thirteen years old. A few decades later, he became the first popularly elected president and served the nation, pausing briefly only to beat a would-be assassin with a cane to within an inch of his life. Theodore Roosevelt had asthma, was blind in one eye, survived multiple gunshot wounds, had only one regret (that there were no wars to fight under his presidency), and was the first U.S. president to win the Medal of Honor, which he did after he died. Faced with the choice, George Washington actually preferred the sound of bullets whizzing by his head in battleover the sound of silence.
And now these men—these hallowed leaders of the free world—want to kick your ass.
Plenty of historians can tell you which president had the most effective economic strategies, and which president helped shape our current political parties, but can any of them tell you what to do if you encounter Chester A. Arthur in a bare-knuckled boxing fight? This book will teach you how to be better, stronger, faster, and more deadly than the most powerful (and craziest) men in history. You’re welcome.
What I liked: I am a huge history nut; all kinds of history as a matter of fact. How to Fight Presidents was recommended to my by my nephew. He reads almost strictly audio books so, I thought I'd give it a listen.
I knew up front it was humorous and filled with the high points and little known facts about some of our Presidents, but I wan't expecting to get so immersed I lost track of time. In addition, there are times when I'm listening to a book, I might nod off but with How to Fight Presidents, that was not a problem. Each President has a chapter and some are longer than others but you don't get bogged down with boring facts. It's written and presented in such a way that the time just flies by.
It's not a long audio book by most standards but it is full of history and laughs. Mr. O'Brien has clearly done some research and his book tells you what you need to know if you found yourself in a fight with each of the first 42 Presidents and how you might beat them in a fight. Yep, sounds a bit silly doesn't it. It's not.
At first I wasn't sure of Mr McGanagle's narration but as the chapters moved along, I adjusted and thoroughly enjoy his timing and his characterizations.
What I didn't like: I would love to be able to recommend How to Fight Presidents to young adults but I can't do that because of the language. It's pretty bad in a few places and I can't in good conscience recommend a book where the "F" word is thrown away so much. I know, I know, young adults in today's world probably use worse language than I ever though about but I can't do that.
If you need a break from your everyday reading or just like American History, definitely give How to Fight Presidents a listen or a read!!