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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
Mike Purdy's 101 Presidential Insults: What They Really Thought About Each Other is a quick read, but captures the meanness of human nature demonstrated by men in the highest position in the US. In this book, presidential historian Mike Purdy presents a well-researched book about what presidents thought and what they said about each other in public, private conversations, speeches, diaries, and the media. From the first to the current president, readers are introduced to presidential insults, insults by presidents to their peers, while in power or before they become presidents, and these insults are shocking sometimes, leaving readers wondering if our leaders stop thinking at times.
While Trump's contemporaries are familiar with his diatribes and meanness, few people are aware that it hasn't been uncommon for former presidents to be mean to their peers, to insult and hate them, even to the core. And this isn't only modern presidents, it is a trend that started with the founding fathers. For instance, in a letter to Walter Jones, Thomas Jefferson has this to say about George Washington: “His MIND was great and powerful, without being of the very first order… No JUDGMENT was ever sounder. It was slow in operation, being little aided by invention or imagination… His TEMPER was naturally irritable…he was most tremendous in his wrath.”
Mike Purdy's 101 Presidential Insults: What They Really Thought About Each Other is a spellbinding book, often shocking, and one that explores the un-presidential attitudes of men in the highest office in the US. While it depicts the bitter and darker side of their humanity, it also warns against values that contradict our standards of morality and democracy. Well researched and professionally presented.