05 Jul Accidental Presidents | Jared Cohen
2019: Book #20
Andrew Johnson. Lyndon Johnson. John Tyler. Millard Filmore. Harry Truman. Gerald Ford…
There are more names for the list…but the ones above are the names of men who were accidental presidents. They were vice presidents who became president due to the death or resignation of a president.
Jared Cohen’s book, Accidental Presidents is absolutely fascinating.
Cohen leads you through the events that led to each man becoming president. He then masterfully illustrates how these once Vice Presidents take the nation in new directions through their leadership and policies.
Lincoln wanted a United States of America. The same was true of Andrew Johnson; however, he was much harsher in his approach and didn’t always provide a clear vision for his team. As a result, reconstruction was a mess under Andrew Johnson.
Then there was Truman. Roosevelt (FDR) had delayed America’s involvement in WWII. He knew about the development of the atomic bomb, but never used it. Truman—the Vice President of the United States at the time—isn’t even made aware of the weapon until after FDR’s death while in office. Truman ultimately makes the decision to unleash this powerful technology on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
While serving as vice president, these men serve at the pleasure of the president. It is their responsibility to uphold and defend the president’s agenda. But when they become president, the power structure is reset and they do what they feel is best for America and their own vision for it.
This is a GREAT book! Read it.
I give it 5 out of 5 stars.
That’s book #20 for 2019.
32 more to go.
Remember, all leaders are readers.
If you want to be a better leader…be a reader.