Eminent Lives: The Presidents Collection: Ulysses S. Grant/George Washington/Thomas Jefferson

Version: Unabridged
Author: Paul Johnson , Michael Korda , Christopher Hitchens
Narrator: Sam Tsoutsouvas
Genres: Biography & Memoir, Politics, Law & Politics, Biography
Publisher: HarperAudio
Published In: February 2006
# of Units: 11 CDs
Length: 13 hours
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Overview

Eminent Lives in American political history

A perfect gift for your favorite history buff, or for your own collection, this audio set from the acclaimed "Eminent Lives series is a must for anyone interested in the story of America.

George Washington: The Founding Father

Celebrated journalist and historian Paul Johnson paints a vivid portrait of George Washington as a young entrepreneur, masterly commander-in-chief, patient Constitution maker, and wise president.

Thomas Jefferson: Author of America

Internationally renowned writer and political commentator Christopher Hitchens explores the life of Thomas Jefferson within the context of America's evolution, bringing him to life as both a man of his time and as a visionary who could see beyond it.

Ulysses S. Grant: The Unlikely Hero

Legendary editor and bestselling author Michael Korda provides a shrewd but sympathetic portrait of Ulysses S. Grant's successes and failures -- both military and political -- as he guided America through a crucial juncture in its history.

Reviews (2)

Mediocre at Best

Written by Anonymous from Sunnyvale, CA on September 16th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Of the eleven CD's set covering Washington, Jefferson, and Grant, only three were dedicated to our founding father George Washington, and that story was entirely inept, and even outrageously compared Reagan to Washington - Reagan was not one-tenth the man of Washington! The coverage of Jefferson was drab and without much meat. The only reason I did not give this book two stars was the story of Grant. Despite the story beginning with a discussion of the rock star Beyonce (what?!) it is the best audio story of him that I could find so far, so I decided to give the set three stars.

Biased

Written by Anonymous on September 14th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 0/5

The correct title for this selection should have read: "Our Opinions of Three Presidents." Please do not consider these authors historians. None of them make any effort to be impartial and just give the facts. Even so, they do not get many documented events correct. For example, Paul Johnson remarks that Washington became so anxious about a political event that he became ill and died. In summary, Washington is revered, Jefferson is defiled, and Grant is made to look like an innocent rube. If you would like information about any of these famous Americans, you would be wise to look elsewhere.

Author Details

Author Details

Johnson, Paul

About the Editor:
Paul Johnson, a well-known writer and journalist, was the editor of the New Statesman from 1965 to 1970 and is the author of several books, including A History of Christianity, A History of the Modern World from 1917 to the 1980s, and A History of the Jews.

Korda, Michael

New York Times bestselling author Michael Korda's books include "Ike", "Charmed Lives", "Horse People", "Ulysses S. Grant", and "Journey to a Revolution". Educated at Le Rosey in Switzerland and at Magdalen College, Oxford, he served in the Royal Air Force. He lives with his wife, Margaret, in Dutchess County, New York.

Hitchens, Christopher

Christopher Hitchens is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and the author of the best-selling God Is Not Great. His books published by Verso include The Trial of Henry Kissinger, No One Left to Lie To, The Missionary Position, Unacknowledged Legislation, The Parthenon Marbles, Hostage to History, and more.