Worst. President. Ever.: James Buchanan, the Potus Rating Game, and the Legacy of the Least of the Lesser Presidents

June 14, 2021
Worst. President. Ever.: James Buchanan, the Potus Rating Game, and the Legacy of the Least of the Lesser Presidents

Worst. President. Ever. flips the great presidential biographyon its head, offering an enlightening--and highlyentertaining!--account of poor James Buchanan's presidency to proveonce and for all that, well, few leaders could have done worse.But author Robert Strauss does much more, leading readers out ofBuchanan's terrible term in office--meddling in the Dred ScottSupreme Court decision, exacerbating the Panic of 1857, helpingfoment the John Brown uprisings and "Bloody Kansas," virtuallyinviting a half-dozen states to secede from the Union as a lameduck, and on and on--to explore with insight and humor his ownobsession with presidents, and ultimately the entire notion ofranking our presidents. He guides us through the POTUS rating gameof historians and others who have made their own MountRushmores--or Marianas Trenches!--of presidential achievement,showing why Buchanan easily loses to any of the others, but alsooffering insights into presidential history buffs like himself, theforgotten "lesser" presidential sites, sex and the presidency, thepresidency itself, and how and why it can often take the bestmeasures out of even the most dedicated men.