101 Presidential Insults

From the founding fathers to the age of Trump, our presidents have dished out pointed and acerbic insults about other presidents. The presidents have labeled one another as dangerous, ignorant, liars, obstinate, selfish, unfit, vain, and weak.

We may laugh or wince as we read 101 Presidential Insults. Meticulously researched by presidential historian Mike Purdy, the book is a quick and fun read, but also thought-provoking and shocking at times – and a significant contribution to our understanding of the presidents.

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About Mike

Portrait-ShortMike Purdy is a presidential historian and author of 101 Presidential Insults: What They Really Thought About Each Other – and What It Means to Us. As an expert in presidential history and frequent media commentator on presidential history and politics, Mike runs PresidentialHistory.com as a public resource. He lives in Seattle, Washington. 


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