“How to Fight Presidents: Defending Yourself Against the Badasses Who Ran This Country” By Daniel O’Brien 

21558602“How to Fight Presidents:
Defending Yourself Against the Badasses Who Ran This Country”
By Daniel O’Brien
Narrated by: Richard McGonagle
Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
Published 2014 Random House Audio

If you were to ever find yourself going up against any of our former presidents in a bout of fisticuffs, this book will give you all the reasons why you shouldn’t.  But again, if you should find yourself in that situation make damn sure that of all the ex-presidents it’s not Teddy Roosevelt.  That guy was way more badass than you’d expect any president to be.

In this book by Daniel O’Brien you’re going to find yourself having a blast and laughing out loud while learning history.  Keep in mind that this book tends to be a bit crude, but if your skin is thick enough to take in a few foul words and phrases you’re going to love this book.  I hope every history teacher in America reads this book and once in a while throws in some of the material while molding the young minds about history.

Had I been armed with this information back when I was forced to learn history, I might have paid more attention.  There are even some great pop-culture references that make this book even more enjoyable.  Ronald Reagan is Wolverine and Washington is the love child of Professor X and Mr. Fantastic.   Sure there’s tough language, but bad words be damned, this book is awesome.

The narrator, Richard McGonagle, does a superb job of keep the pace of this book tolerable.  You may have to pause a few times to stop for laughter, but it’s worth it.


Publisher’s Summary
Make no mistake: Our founding fathers were more bandanas-and-muscles than powdered-wigs-and-tea.

As a prisoner of war, Andrew Jackson walked several miles barefoot across state lines while suffering from smallpox and a serious head wound received when he refused to polish the boots of the soldiers who had taken him captive. He was thirteen years old. A few decades later, he became the first popularly elected president and served the nation, pausing briefly only to beat a would-be assassin with a cane to within an inch of his life. Theodore Roosevelt had asthma, was blind in one eye, survived multiple gunshot wounds, had only one regret (that there were no wars to fight under his presidency), and was the first U.S. president to win the Medal of Honor, which he did after he died. Faced with the choice, George Washington actually preferred the sound of bullets whizzing by his head in battle over the sound of silence.

And now these men – these hallowed leaders of the free world – want to kick your ass.

Plenty of historians can tell you which president had the most effective economic strategies, and which president helped shape our current political parties, but can any of them tell you what to do if you encounter Chester A. Arthur in a bare-knuckled boxing fight? This book will teach you how to be better, stronger, faster, and more deadly than the most powerful (and craziest) men in history. You’re welcome.

©2014 Daniel O’Brien (P)2014 Random House Audio