by: the Common Constitutionalist
When I first saw the title of Brion McClanahan’s 9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America: And Four Who Tried To Save It, I thought, okay, here we go with yet another rehashing of the same 20th century progressive presidents we already know. The author won’t be telling me anything I’m not already aware of or haven’t heard a thousand times.
Well, I am man enough to admit that I was wrong – dead wrong. Mr. McClanahan has a hit on his hands, or should. He lays out a case, in plain English, how each of nine presidents “Screwed up” our country. It is a fascinating and factual accounting of presidential usurpation of power.
If I may use a tired cliché, the book is a “page turner,” but not just for history buffs and those who enjoy reading about politics and the Constitution. Many books like this only appeal to a tiny minority – mainly due to the perceived complexity of the subject matter.
However I was struck at what an “easy” read it was. Many, if not most in this genre are dry and tedious at best. They appeal, as I said, to a small cross section of readers and have the mass appeal of a doctorate dissertation.
McClanahan has crafted this book in such a way as to be attractive to geek and laymen alike.