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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Donald Trump is No James Monroe

When the vice-presidential candidates squared off against each other in the 1988 debate, Lloyd Bentsen delivered one of the sharpest political blows ever landed on an opponent. Republican Dan Quayle was proudly touting his years of experience and equating them with...

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Two Tense Transitions

One of the hallmarks of our democracy is the peaceful transfer of power from one president to another, reaching back to March 4, 1797 when George Washington turned over the reigns of power to John Adams. And while the inauguration of a new president has always been...

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A Voter’s Guide to Evaluating Presidential Candidates

The first Democratic debates raise the question of what voters should be looking for in evaluating candidates. Rather than merely supporting a candidate because of their promises (often unrealistic) and how closely their policy positions pass the litmus test of party...

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History Matters

"History is drama. History is human interactions. And I think we as a society and as a country are poorer if we do not know it, and if we don't in fact learn from it." This is part of what I said in my interview by The Clio Foundation. I was interviewed by them in...

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How the Specter of Andrew Johnson Haunts Donald Trump

A drama of monumental proportions and historic significance is unfolding every day in Washington, DC. There are endless predictions and speculation by politicians, pundits, and the people about whether Donald Trump will join the ranks of Andrew Johnson and Bill...

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Book Reviews and Radio Interviews

My new book 101 Presidential Insults: What They Really Thought About Each Other - and What It Means to Us was released by the publisher on June 7, 2019. It is available for purchase on Amazon, Barnes & Noble (although it may be temporarily out-of-stock there), or...

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A Civility Lesson from John Adams and Thomas Jefferson

I wrote an article that was published on History News Network on June 9, 2019 entitled "What the Feud and Reconciliation between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson Teaches Us About Civility." Click here to read the article My New Book: The article draws from some of my...

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Ohio Radio Interview About My New Book

Listen to this 22 minute radio interview between host Adam Lepp of WWGH 107.1 FM (Marion, Ohio - home of President Warren G. Harding) and presidential historian Dr. Ronald Feinman (author of Assassinations,Threats, and the American Presidency: From Andrew Jackson to...

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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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