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Sometimes the best way to cope with the present is to understand the past. The last few years I’ve felt like the fabric of our democracy was in jeopardy. Virtually every source of political news would like us to believe we are at the brink (after all it’s great for ratings). It’s hard not to feel like we are at the edge of the whole system falling apart. Then I read Accidental Presidents by Jared Cohen. I digested this book that unpacks the history of American VP’s, that with little warning, took over the most powerful job in the world and I was in awe of what our country has endured. I was mesmerized by the snap shots of times where things were far less certain, far more corrupt, far more polarized. There is a depth of research in this book that is inspiring. Jared manages to not only navigate American history but do so in an entertaining way. I truly felt the life or death stakes of each chapter while being wowed by the depth of knowledge and historical significance of each event. But the thing I like about the book the most is the relevance for anyone who is inheriting the mess of a predecessor, which in someway, at some moment in our lives, we all do. Props Mr Cohen on a Killer piece and thank you for giving me the sense that “this too shall pass”.

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Accidental Presidents: Eight Men Who Changed America

The strength and prestige of the American presidency has waxed and waned since George Washington. Accidental Presidents looks at eight men who came to the office without being elected to it. It demonstrates how the character of the man in that powerful seat affects the nation and world.Eight men ...

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