In 2020, as we set our sights on another election, this book takes a look at all of the presidents of the United States—ranked from best to worst (the results may surprise you)—and their legacies, achievements and what we learned from their leadership.
The book spans from 1789 when George Washington (spoiler alert: he's in the "Best Presidents" category) took the first-ever oath of office. Forty-four different men have sworn to “faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States” and what makes a great leader has been vision, conviction, and setting the nation on the right course. The Revolutionary War showed us we needed commanders who were going to fight for our freedom. The Civil War showed we needed leaders who were going to unite this nation. We looked to the President during hard times like the Great Depression, who were going to pick us up, dust us off and, with a steady hand, guide us to more promising times, which Franklin Delano Roosevelt did over his unprecedented four terms.
Over the next many, many decades, and many wars and battles later, the President of the United States has shown they are the most powerful person on this planet. But they are also vulnerable. They’ve been targets of assassination attempts, and some, sadly, have been successful. Their transgressions have lead to scandals and impeachments. Presidents have been accused of abusing power and the advent of social media has ushered in a new form of communicating to constituents and young voters.
In an election year when interest in Presidents is strong, join Centennial Books as we look to the nation's shared history to see what we can learn for today and the future.
Jason Stahl is an Emmy Award winner, author and editor who’s written about everything from the future of terrorism to germs to why Las Vegas is the perfect kid-friendly vacation and has interviewed countless personalities ranging from Gene Simmons to Sir Richard Branson. As an editor, Stahl has worked on staffs at WONDERLUST, Google, Men’s Fitness, Muscle & Fitness, MSN News and NBC Sports. He is also the co-author and co-editor of 20 Things You Didn't Know About Everything: Duct Tape, Airport Security, Your Body, Sex in Space… And More (Collins). Stahl lives in Jersey City Heights with his wife and son.