So I am a fan of Cracked, I go to their website, and I really enjoy the stuff they make on YouTube. When I found out that Daniel O’Brien wrote a book about American Presidents I just had to see what he had to say.
Firstly I would have to throw out there that this is not a book to read if you want to learn more about one single President nor does it highlight just a couple of Presidents. This book goes from George Washington to President Obama giving you fun facts about each President and also some of the crazy almost ninja like things a Presidents did before and during the their time in office. It also gives you suggestions on how to beat them in a fight if you ever got a hold of a time machine and a pair of boxing gloves.
I can honestly say that I was very entertained by this book and I feel you can easily finish it in one sitting. In the end I plan on reading this book again before the end of the year because I feel that there are so many facts thrown my way that I need to double back to make sure I caught them all.
Here is the blurb that made me want to buy this book
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 battle over the sound of silence.
And now these men – these hallowed leaders of the free world – want to kick your a**.
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.