I’m excited to announce the publication of my new book about our presidents – how they’ve historically insulted one another – and what this lack of civility means to us in our current political environment.
101 Presidential Insults: What They Really Thought About Each Other – and What It Means to Us peeks behind the political curtain – exposing that our presidents have dished out acerbic insults about other presidents from the founding fathers to the age of Trump. Meticulously researched, the book is a significant contribution to our understanding of the character of the 44 characters who have served as president. In it, I challenge us and our leaders, despite our sordid history, to rise to “the better angels of our nature” and reject the acidic politics of personal demonization.
101 Presidential Insults is a quick and fun read, shocking at times, sobering, and thought-provoking. It is a must read for anyone interested in history and concerned about the current lack of civility in politics. See the book cover at the end of this email.
Can you help? I be grateful if you’d help get the word out about the book.
- Buy the book now by pre-ordering it from Amazon using this link: https://www.amazon.com/101-Presidential-Insults-Really-Thought/dp/1543963749. Or you can pre-order it now from Barnes and Noble using this link: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1131107109. Any bookstore can order the book as well for you as it will be available through the main distributors that bookstores use to buy their books. The book will be released on June 7, 2019. The more pre-orders for the book, the more Amazon and Barnes and Noble will promote the book.
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More about 101 Presidential Insults:
Private and Public Insults: Sometimes in private letters, diaries, and conversations, they let their guard down on what they really thought about a former, deceased, current, or future president. At other times, these insults have been audaciously proclaimed in public speeches, books, and to the media. By their own words, our presidents have demonstrated their flawed humanity with insults that are often humorous and sometimes shocking for their lack of decorum. We may laugh or perhaps wince as we read these 101 presidential insults.
Examples of Insults: The presidents have labeled one another as dangerous, ignorant, liars, obstinate, selfish, unfit, vain, and weak. And these are just some of the commonplace words. They have also used biting and bitter phrases such as gibbering idiot, little schmuck, and young whippersnapper. Some bizarre insults require research and a dictionary to understand, such as “Byzantine logothete.”
Book Contents: The book includes:
- A thoughtful and challenging introduction calling for increased civility in our private lives and the public square.
- 101 humorous, shocking, and sobering quotes by the presidents about other presidents that includes a brief description of the occasion, source (letter, diary, speech, etc.), and date for each insult. There is at least one quotation about each president, demonstrating that such behavior has been around since the nation’s founding and occurs regardless of political party affiliation.
- A glossary of the obscure terms used by presidents about other presidents such as “honeyfuggler,” “bungalow mind,” and “puzzlewit.”
- Three lists (alphabetical by insult, about/by list, and numerical analysis by source of insults) help the reader to view these caustic comments from different angles.
- End notes citing primary sources for the quotes (when known), or reliable secondary sources that reference primary sources. The end notes are a significant contribution to documenting these quotes. I chose not to include some quotes that I could not track down.
2020 Challenges: The upcoming presidential election will be a test of our national character and the character of the candidates. Ultimately, our survival as a nation depends on our ability to treat others with respect, and to promote civility, consensus, and compromise.
Praise for 101 Presidential Insults
“Mike Purdy has written a terrific book. As a presidential historian, he has a gift for discovering just the right anecdotes that help us understand our presidents better. Really well done.”
– PAUL BRANDUS (White House bureau chief, West Wing Reports, USA Today columnist,
Author of Under This Roof: The White House and Presidency)
“Filthy, disgraced, lying, cheating, calculating bastard, schemer, a dangerous man, a little schmuck, unfit to serve…Mike Purdy brings us into the political locker room, where nothing is left unsaid. This book is a statement on the dark humanity of American presidents—sad and hilarious, at the same time.”
– A.J. BAIME (New York Times bestselling author of The Accidental President)
“Mike Purdy provides a picture of these presidents as flawed or, rather, human leaders—prone to the pettiness, anger, and incivility that even the best of us exhibit. This book should be required reading for those concerned about the current political climate. Perhaps in knowing the past we can chart a new, more civil course. It’s also great reading for those who enjoy a good laugh!”
– DR. MICHAEL ARTIME (Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma)
“Anyone reading this book will have reactions of laughter, shock, and amazement as they learn more about the personalities of our 44 Presidents. This book is highly recommended to all who follow and love the institution of the American Presidency.”
– DR. RONALD L. FEINMAN (Author of Assassinations, Threats, and the American Presidency)
“Mike Purdy’s track on 101 Presidential Insults reveals a side of presidential politics that is at once delightful and shocking. We will see plenty of mudslinging going into the 2020 election, but 101 Presidential Insults reminds us that it really has always been that way.”
– THE HONORABLE DON BONKER (Former Member of Congress)
I hope you pre-order the book today and enjoy it! Thanks!!