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Throughout American history, Presidents and Presidential candidates have faced countless assassination threats and attempts on their lives. These threats have extended not only to sitting Presidents and candidates but also to Presidents-elect and former Presidents. Assassinations, Threats, and the American Presidency: From Andrew Jackson to Barack Obama walks through Presi Throughout American history, Presidents and Presidential candidates have faced countless assassination threats and attempts on their lives. These threats have extended not only to sitting Presidents and candidates but also to Presidents-elect and former Presidents. Assassinations, Threats, and the American Presidency: From Andrew Jackson to Barack Obama walks through Presidential history, looking at the countless assassination threats and attempts that have occurred throughout history. Historian Ronald L. Feinman discusses the Presidencies of sixteen Presidents, as well as three important candidates and five living Presidents today, and how they were directly threatened with assassination, ranging from the first known threat to Andrew Jackson in 1833, to threats to Barack Obama in early 2014. All nineteen of these Presidents and candidates were threatened with assassination six being killed, three wounded, and ten unhurt. Additionally, he reveals information about some failed attempts, which had they been successful could have resulted in fifteen different men who would have become President of the United States. Which ones would have been able to fill the responsibilities? Which ones would have been disastrous in the Oval Office? Assassination attempts, both successful and failures have been part of our political culture for over 180 years, and the problem of Presidential security, safety and protection remains a serious problem today. With the President being faced with countless death threats, the Secret Service and FBI are forced to employ all kinds of technological methods to protect our Chief Executive and his family, as well as other top officials in the line of succession. Feinman brings to light how these agencies have grown, both technologically and physically, to counter these attacks. He, also, sheds light on how these threats to our Presidency have devastated, changed, and grown our United States into what it is today."


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Throughout American history, Presidents and Presidential candidates have faced countless assassination threats and attempts on their lives. These threats have extended not only to sitting Presidents and candidates but also to Presidents-elect and former Presidents. Assassinations, Threats, and the American Presidency: From Andrew Jackson to Barack Obama walks through Presi Throughout American history, Presidents and Presidential candidates have faced countless assassination threats and attempts on their lives. These threats have extended not only to sitting Presidents and candidates but also to Presidents-elect and former Presidents. Assassinations, Threats, and the American Presidency: From Andrew Jackson to Barack Obama walks through Presidential history, looking at the countless assassination threats and attempts that have occurred throughout history. Historian Ronald L. Feinman discusses the Presidencies of sixteen Presidents, as well as three important candidates and five living Presidents today, and how they were directly threatened with assassination, ranging from the first known threat to Andrew Jackson in 1833, to threats to Barack Obama in early 2014. All nineteen of these Presidents and candidates were threatened with assassination six being killed, three wounded, and ten unhurt. Additionally, he reveals information about some failed attempts, which had they been successful could have resulted in fifteen different men who would have become President of the United States. Which ones would have been able to fill the responsibilities? Which ones would have been disastrous in the Oval Office? Assassination attempts, both successful and failures have been part of our political culture for over 180 years, and the problem of Presidential security, safety and protection remains a serious problem today. With the President being faced with countless death threats, the Secret Service and FBI are forced to employ all kinds of technological methods to protect our Chief Executive and his family, as well as other top officials in the line of succession. Feinman brings to light how these agencies have grown, both technologically and physically, to counter these attacks. He, also, sheds light on how these threats to our Presidency have devastated, changed, and grown our United States into what it is today."

30 review for Assassinations, Threats, and the American Presidency: From Andrew Jackson to Barack Obama

  1. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    Any political system, democratic or otherwise, citizens unhappy with leadership. While public protests or electoral assertion are the desired forms of expression, there are some who take things to a new level, including the elimination of a leader through violent means. The United States of America has been subjected to numerous violent acts directed at its leaders, particularly their presidents (and hopeful candidates). In this book, Ronald L. Feinman explores many of the credible threats, assa Any political system, democratic or otherwise, citizens unhappy with leadership. While public protests or electoral assertion are the desired forms of expression, there are some who take things to a new level, including the elimination of a leader through violent means. The United States of America has been subjected to numerous violent acts directed at its leaders, particularly their presidents (and hopeful candidates). In this book, Ronald L. Feinman explores many of the credible threats, assassination attempts, and successful killings of said leaders. While many readers will know of the most infamous accounts—Lincoln and Kennedy—there are many other violent acts that have peppered the American history books. Feinman explores attempts as far back as Andrew Jackson, who was shot by a man unhappy with his form of governing. With documentation being somewhat sporadic and news accounts surely heavily biased, a neutral account is difficult to cobble together. However, as time progressed and public information became more readily avaiable, the reader can learn a little more about the attempts on Truman outside his temporary residence, Ford—twice—on trips through California, and even Bush 43 at the hands of a mad shoe thrower. From the more documented through to the obscure attempts about which I knew nothing before —Nixon was almost part of a hijack attempt in Baltimore—Feinman offers up some wonderful stories that entertain and educate in equal measure. It would seem that a theme of most individuals who sought to commit a political assassination of those discussed in the book were mentally ill or at least not clear thinking. While their plans may have been detailed, there is a strong sentiment that delusional thinking fuelled the mindset of many who took it upon themselves to remedy an apparent issue in America’s political system. Many of those who undertook to kill used the gun, as the bullet was the quickest and potentially most obscure way of injuring and potentially killing the intended victim, though the latter President Bush was subjected to a few alternate means. As Feinman explores, until the latter part of the 20th century, these plots were uncovered only after they were in motion, with vigilant Secret Service agents working in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies. While Feinman does not create an exhaustive list of all attempts, he does posit that every president—and likely serious contender—has faced at least one threat that was foiled, which only strengthens the argument that protection surrounding them is essential, no matter what their views or the readers personal feelings. A wonderful collection of facts and backstories that serves as a primer for those with a greater interest in political assassinations within America, particularly those that were unsuccessful and not as well documented. I admit that I have always had an interest in presidential assassinations, particularly the one veiled in the most mystery, that of John F. Kennedy. Feinman provides the reader with a great foundation, exploring the victim’s political backstory, the assassin, and the lead-up to the event. When possible, there is also a discussion of the fallout, be it retaliation or incarceration. The reader can tease out their own themes from within the brief narratives, which permit decent speculation, as I have done above. Feinman also provides great reference material for additional exploration of these events, which can whet the appetite of someone like myself, particularly when the history books are silent on the close misses that took place. There is surely no single checklist as it relates to who is a political assassin, but the drive to change the path by which the country is running can surely be seen as inherent. Feinman offers a mix in his chapter length, depending on the subject and the number of attempts on their life. Obviously, some of the major and more current attempts—Lincoln, Kennedy, and Reagan—receive a greater analysis, which is likely indicative that there is more from which to garner a writing base. Easily devoured in short order for the interested reader, this book may need a second edition if the divisive ways found within America continues to stain the fabric of the political foundation. Kudos, Mr. Feinman, for a great analysis. I quite enjoyed this and will have to search out more information on some of the assassinations discussed, as well as your other published work. Like/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at: http://pecheyponderings.wordpress.com/ A Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Owlseyes

    OK, I'll be back here on the 7th of August 2017 [199 days would have elapsed], just to say whether he's alive and kicking or ...otherwise. Meanwhile, one month is almost gone,...and, surely, he's kicking. Feb 17, 2017 Donald Trump Is On His Way to Second or Third Shortest Presidency in American History by Ronald L. Feinman in: http://historynewsnetwork.org/article... UPDATE; I know they want to kick him out ASAP; no matter what; even the "Goldwater rule": Donald Trump has 'dangerous mental OK, I'll be back here on the 7th of August 2017 [199 days would have elapsed], just to say whether he's alive and kicking or ...otherwise. Meanwhile, one month is almost gone,...and, surely, he's kicking. Feb 17, 2017 Donald Trump Is On His Way to Second or Third Shortest Presidency in American History by Ronald L. Feinman in: http://historynewsnetwork.org/article... UPDATE; I know they want to kick him out ASAP; no matter what; even the "Goldwater rule": Donald Trump has 'dangerous mental illness', say psychiatry experts at Yale conference in: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/wor... UPDATE Just to say: he's alive and kicking...the GOLF BALL. At least for 17 days. 7th August 2017 UPDATE He's celebrating, abroad. 8th November 2017 UPDATE 1 year on, ...he's alive and kicking... in Davos. 26th January 2018

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lawman72

    Informative and interesting at times. But, I found that the author's political bent tended to become obvious and off putting. The what-ifs were somewhat interesting, but largely unsupported by any references. Granted, these are speculative, but one would expect some cited basis for the speculation. The conspiracy theory sections also were not particularly interesting. More of a laundry list without much discussion behind them. Almost like he felt compelled to include as many theories as he could Informative and interesting at times. But, I found that the author's political bent tended to become obvious and off putting. The what-ifs were somewhat interesting, but largely unsupported by any references. Granted, these are speculative, but one would expect some cited basis for the speculation. The conspiracy theory sections also were not particularly interesting. More of a laundry list without much discussion behind them. Almost like he felt compelled to include as many theories as he could. Overall, the book felt uneven. At times well written and researched. At others, the writing felt hurried and research thin. And the editor of this book dropped the ball on several places, including a misspelled word in the edition I read. No excuse for that sort of mistake in a published work, IMHO.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Doug Miles

    Throughout American history, American Presidents and Presidential candidates have faced many threats, extending not only to sitting presidents and candidates but also to Presidents-elect and former Presidents. In his book “Assassinations, Threats and the American Presidency: From Andrew Jackson to Barack Obama”, Dr. Ronald Feinman details the facts, some little known, behind these attempts to alter history and provides fascinating “what-if” scenarios if those failed assassination attempts had ac Throughout American history, American Presidents and Presidential candidates have faced many threats, extending not only to sitting presidents and candidates but also to Presidents-elect and former Presidents. In his book “Assassinations, Threats and the American Presidency: From Andrew Jackson to Barack Obama”, Dr. Ronald Feinman details the facts, some little known, behind these attempts to alter history and provides fascinating “what-if” scenarios if those failed assassination attempts had actually succeeded. The book also delves into the assassinations of Lincoln, McKinley and Kennedy with a news reporter’s attention to accuracy. Highly recommended. I spoke with Ronald Feinman about his book and that conversation can be heard here: http://dougmilesmedia.com/?p=1786.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mike Purdy

    Dr. Ronald L. Feinman has written the definitive book on the subject of presidential assassination and attempts. The book factually accurate and is packed with engaging historical perspective and trivia. Dr. Feinman’s writing style is clear, logical, objective, comprehensive, and brings order to the chaos surrounding some of the assassinations and threats. It is very readable and captures the attention of the reader. The book sets the assassinations and threats in historical context, and include Dr. Ronald L. Feinman has written the definitive book on the subject of presidential assassination and attempts. The book factually accurate and is packed with engaging historical perspective and trivia. Dr. Feinman’s writing style is clear, logical, objective, comprehensive, and brings order to the chaos surrounding some of the assassinations and threats. It is very readable and captures the attention of the reader. The book sets the assassinations and threats in historical context, and includes information about each target of an assassination or attempt and compactly summarizes their life and administration or candidacy. He also unpacks the life of the assassin, and probes the various conspiracy theories surrounding many of the events. This book is a must read for anyone interested in presidential history.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Otto Heinz

    Horrible. Uses his own authority as a professor to further a politcal view and makes even more money off of it. As a professor you teach students to think for themselves, not to teach them what to think. This is another flaw in the education system as it promotes educational corruption at its finest.

  7. 4 out of 5

    John

    Any serious scholar of the American Presidency must have this book. It is a very thorough collection of stories and facts behind every assassination and assassination plot ever hatched against an American president. Excellent reading. Very well researched and organized. I recommend it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    For fans of American history only.

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    Jennifer Novak

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    Everydayreader1

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    Jeanette

    This was so interesting. Had no idea that so many presidents and presidents elect had been threatened. An eye opening peek into the power and risks of the most powerful office in the world.

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