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Not-So-Great Presidents: Commanders in Chief (Epic Fails #3)

Not-So-Great Presidents: Commanders in Chief (Epic Fails #3)

Epic Fails (Volume 3)

Erik Slader and Ben Thompson; illustrations by Tim Foley

Roaring Brook Press


From heroic George Washington to the dastardly Richard Nixon, the oval office has been occupied by larger-than-life personalities since 1789. The position comes with enormous power and responsibility, and every American president thus far has managed to achieve great things. However, the President of the United States is only human—and oftentimes far from perfect. While some men suffered through only minor mishaps during their time in office, others are famously remembered for leaving behind much bigger messes.

In the third installment of the Epic Fails series, authors Erik Slader and Ben Thompson, and artist Tim Foley, take readers on another hilarious ride, exploring the lives, legacies, and failures of some of America’s commanders in chief.


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Praise for Not-So-Great Presidents: Commanders in Chief (Epic Fails #3)

Praise for The Wright Brothers: Nose-Diving into History:

"[A] tribute to the spirit of invention." — Booklist

"A fact-filled title sure to boost the confidence of aspiring inventors. . . VERDICT An informative and humorous addition to middle school STEM biography collections." — School Library Journal

"Information-book fans and skeptics alike will want to get in on the ground floor of this promising new series." — The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (BCCB)


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Erik Slader and Ben Thompson; illustrations by Tim Foley

Erik Slader is the creator of “Epik Fails of History” a blog (and podcast) about the most epic fails… of history. With Ben Thompson, Erik is the coauthor of the Epic Fails book series, including The Wright Brothers: Nose-Diving Into History and Race to Space: Countdown to Liftoff.

Ben Thompson is the author of eleven books on various awesome historical subjects including the Guts & Glory series, and has appeared on television programs for the History Channel, Discovery, and the American Heroes Channel. He has written for Cracked, Fangoria, Soldier of Fortune, and The American Mustache Institute, currently owns four swords (if you count a letter opener shaped like Glamdring the Foe-Hammer), and can occasionally beat the Star Wars Trilogy arcade game with a single quarter.

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Photo courtesy of Thais Melo
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Photo courtesy of Kory Torjussen

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