Welcome to a new episode of The Book Report presented by The Millions! This week, Janet and Mike celebrate Presidents’ Day by discussing five books about America’s chief executives.
Discussed in this episode: Benjamin Harrison: Hoosier President by Harry J. Sievers, dad corpses, electrophobia, Forty-Two Years in the White House by Irwin (Ike) Hoover, the Taft/bathtub myth, Theodore Roosevelt, The Path to Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 1 by Robert A. Caro, Gentleman Boss: The Life of Chester Alan Arthur by Thomas C. Reeves, bribery, Roscoe Conkling, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan by Rick Perlstein, Barry Goldwater, Richard M. Nixon, Gerald R. Ford, poor, sweet William Howard Taft, Major Archibald Butt, RMS Titanic.
Did you know Janet is reading a biography of each U.S. president in chronological order? You can read all about it at her blog,
Not discussed in this episode: The theory that the presidency has diminished over time due to HA HA HA HA HA HA HA “MAJOR BUTT” HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA.