44 books on 44 presidents: A handsome Democratic failure
April 12, 2016 - Uncategorized
Editor’s note: This is the fourteenth entry in the writer’s year-long project to read one book about each of the U.S. Presidents by Election Day 2016. You can also follow Marcus’ progress at the @44in52 Twitter account and with this 44 in 52 Spreadsheet.
When the best thing you can say about a president is that he wasn’t ugly, you’re clearly not dealing with the greatest leader of all time.
Such is the case with Franklin Pierce, widely derided as one of the nation’s worst presidents — alongside his successor, James Buchanan.
Not that I was going to waste a lot of time on either of them. After battling through Millard Fillmore for two weeks, I was hell-bent on knocking out Pierce and Buchanan in quick order. Read more…