Let me ask this question again: WHO WANTS TO WIN FREE STUFF?!!
Awesome…I just wanted an excuse to use that photo collage again, but I really am giving away free PDF of copies of my book, Tributes and Trash Talk: What Our Presidents Said About Each Other, and here are the details!
As you know, this week, I have been ranking the Presidents of the United States from the very worst (James Buchanan) to the very best (?). Tonight, I will be posting the entries for #18, #17, and #16, and the top fifteen Presidents will be posted beginning tomorrow evening. I will send a PDF copy of my book, Tributes and Trash Talk, to anybody who correctly guesses the order of the Top 15 Presidents…but are a few rules.
•In order to win the book, your guesses on the Top 15 Presidents must be submitted to me via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 6:00 PM Pacific time tomorrow (Friday, July 11, 2014).
•Your Top 15 must match my Top 15 spot-by-spot. It doesn’t matter to me whether you start with #15 and work up or start with #1 or work down, but each President needs to be in the spot that I rank him in order for you to win. And please don’t send me fifteen different e-mails with one name; send just one e-mail with your guess about my top 15 Presidents.
•I’m only accepting your guesses by e-mail. If you send them to me via Tumblr, I won’t be able to pay attention to them and they won’t count. So make sure your submission is in my e-mail box (email@example.com) by 6:00 PM Pacific time tomorrow.
•Only one entry will be accepted per e-mail address, so make sure you’re happy with your list before you send it to me. No do-overs!
Sound good? Good. You can submit your guesses immediately, but it might be a better strategy to wait and see who is ranked #18, #17, and #16 since you only get one chance per e-mail address.
Good luck! I’ll send PDF copies of my book to the winners who correctly guess my Top 15 Presidents as soon as the Presidential Rankings are completed. Get your submissions into my e-mail box (firstname.lastname@example.org) before 6:00 PM tomorrow evening (Friday, July 11, 2014)!
Man, there are so many great examples of Presidents talking about each other — both positively and negatively — that the quotes could easily fill a book…
Oh, wait a second…there IS such a book available and I actually wrote it!
Get your copy of TRIBUTES AND TRASH TALK: WHAT OUR PRESIDENTS SAID ABOUT EACH OTHER for just $4.99. You’ll have over 300 pages of Presidents saying what they really felt about their fellow colleagues in the POTUS Club.
In my book, you’ll find a huge collection of quotes by our Presidents and about our Presidents. Quotes that include Presidential-style disses like:
•”He is a filthy, lying son-of-a-bitch, and a very dangerous man.” — John F. Kennedy, on Richard Nixon, 1960
•”A fathead…with the brains of a guinea pig.” — Theodore Roosevelt, on William Howard Taft, 1912
•”I would not be present to see my darling Harvard disgrace herself by conferring a Doctor’s degree upon a barbarian who could not write a sentence of grammar and hardly could spell his own name…” — John Quincy Adams, in a letter to Harvard President Josiah Quincy, protesting the University’s decision to confer an honorary doctorate on President Andrew Jackson, June 1833
•”Information received…indicates the election of Gen’l Taylor as President of the U.S. Should this be so, it is deeply to be regretted. Without political information and without experience in civilian life, he is wholly unqualified for the station.” — James K. Polk, personal diary entry upon learning that Zachary Taylor was elected to succeed him, November 8, 1848
"If Lincoln had lived, he would have done no better than [Andrew] Johnson." — Harry Truman, on Abraham Lincoln and Reconstruction
•”In two hundred years of history, he’s the most dishonest President we’ve ever had. I think he’s disgraced the Presidency. I’m a long-time Nixon hater from way back…” — Jimmy Carter, on Richard Nixon, 1974
Want more? Get TRIBUTES AND TRASH TALK instantly for quotes about every American Presidents from their fellow Presidents!
Ummm…yeah…there’s a REALLY good resource that I can’t recommend enough — my book, Tributes and Trash Talk: What Our Presidents Said About Each Other, which is available for both the Kindle and the Nook and is a straight-up bargain at just $4.95. Thanks for giving me a perfectly good reason to plug it. Now, go buy a copy for you, your family, your friends, and at least a dozen complete strangers, please.
If nothing else, get a copy because of the awesome cover art designed by the lovely and talented Betsy:
I haven’t really spent too much time exploring the apps out there. I know I’d probably discover a ton of them to either make my life easier or to distract me constantly. I’m sure you guys have a thousand suggestions.
Besides the usual social networking apps, I only have a few others that I use frequently. I’ve been a fan of Marc Maron’s “WTF” podcast since he started it, so I’d listen with or without an app, but Maron’s WTF app is great. I’ve got the NFL and NBA apps to keep track of my perennially awful favorite football and basketball teams. I use Goodreads and dig Politico’s app.
Oh, I have The Pope App, too! Yes, the Pope has an app. Well, the Vatican does, but it’s a really good app with lots of resources, news, Papal messages, and multimedia.
One other app I use often is the Kindle app. When I’m doing research, particularly via older books available online, I end up reading a ton of PDF files and the free Kindle app is perfect for that. Personally, I am still old-fashioned and will probably always read the print editions of books whenever I can, but the Kindle app is exactly what I need otherwise.
By the way, you know that the last thing I would EVER want to do is use this space to promote myself (*cough*), but while we’re mentioning the free Kindle app’s attributes, I would be remiss if I didn’t note than you can use it to read MY book! That’s right, the Kindle app is free, and you can break it in by buying my book, TRIBUTES AND TRASH TALK: WHAT OUR PRESIDENTS SAID ABOUT EACH OTHER, for just $4.95.
•Get my book here (http://tinyurl.com/TTTAzon) for just $4.95, or some similarly low price if you are in Canada, the UK, India, or are one of my other wonderful international readers!
•Get the Kindle app for free here (http://tinyurl.com/Azonapp), and after you use it to read my book, TRIBUTES AND TRASH TALK, how about heading back to Amazon to rate and review the book? Am I asking for too much now? I’m sorry, I thought we were in a good place with our relationship. If rating and reviewing my book feels like we’re moving too fast, I understand. Just know that I care about your feelings, okay? I want to know what you think. I love you? You complete me. Buy my book.
Hey everybody! Times are tough and money is tight, so I want you all to know that I understand. That’s why you can now buy my book Tributes and Trash Talk: What Our Presidents Said About Each Other for just $4.95! That’s right — for less than $5, you can instantly download Tributes and Trash Talk for your Kindle or your NOOK and start enjoying the insightful, poignant, funny, bitter, and often shocking or downright mean-spirited things that our Presidents have said about each other. My book is filled with over 350 pages of candid comments straight from the mouths of every President from George Washington to Barack Obama, as well as their Confederate counterpart Jefferson Davis.
Not only is Tributes and Trash Talk a bargain at just $4.95, but you can get the book easily and instantly and immediately start enjoying it on your iPhone, iPad, Kindle, or NOOK. For those of you who are NOOK users, get my book right now by following this link to Barnes & Noble!
What if you don’t have an e-reader? No problem, you can still enjoy my book. Simply download the FREE Kindle app for your phone, your tablet, your laptop, or your desktop. Once you download the FREE Kindle app, follow this link and get your copy of Tributes and Trash Talk: What Our Presidents Said About Each Other for just $4.95.
Less than $5.00 will get you a copy of my book! Hell, it’s such a bargain I wrote the damn thing and I feel like I should buy a copy. Get your copy of Tributes and Trash Talk: What Our Presidents Said About Each Other instantly for just $4.95!
One more quick photo. For the person who asked earlier about the process for researching and publishing Tributes and Trash Talk: What Our Presidents Said About Each Other, this is what one of my books would look like when it is was a particularly rich source of quotes by Presidents about their fellow Presidents:
Hey guys, I’m not going to take this time to once again shamelessly plug my book, Tributes and Trash Talk: What Our Presidents Said About Each Other (KINDLE•NOOK), because that’s just not the type of thing that I do. Nope, not me.
What I am going to do, however, is ask a big favor.
For those of you who have purchased the book, I’d REALLY appreciate it if you took a moment to go to the Amazon or Barnes & Noble page and rate the book or give it some customer feedback. It helps the book’s positioning in search results to have comments and ratings. It will only take a minute or two. I do believe that you have to have purchased the book in order to rate it or comment on it.
If you haven’t bought the book or don’t feel like rating and commenting on it, you could instead leave some comments or feedback on my official author page on Amazon. Anything is helpful and everything is appreciated, so thank you ahead of time!
No, is that a thing? I can’t keep up with you crazy kids and your technology.
I’ll look into the Android platform, but since I haven’t plugged it in a while, my book, Tributes and Trash Talk: What Our Presidents Said About Each Other, featuring over 350 pages of remarkable, candid quotes from our Presidents about the other members of their exclusive fraternity is still available for just $6.99! From George Washington to Barack Obama (and even including Confederate President Jefferson Davis), Tributes and Trash Talk is packed with comments that are insightful, poignant, funny, bitter, shocking, and often downright mean-spirited.
You can get Tributes and Trash Talk instantly via Amazon for your Kindle, iPad, or iPhone. If you don’t have a Kindle, that’s no problem! You can download the Kindle app for your iPad or iPhone right now for absolutely free and THEN buy my book.
Buy your copy of Tributes and Trash Talk today and, as an added bonus, I’ll be your friend at no extra charge.
A sweet book and friendship for just $6.99? What in the blue hell are you waiting for?!
I would like to take a moment to confirm that the rumors are true: Yes, today, January 20th, is my birthday (or, as the cool kids like to call it, my “birfday”). I appreciate all of the nice birthday messages that I’ve already received through Tumblr, Facebook, and/or e-mail. I’d also like to compliment President Obama for cleverly (and graciously) deciding to be officially sworn in for his second term today at noon in a low-key event and postponing the ceremonial Inauguration Day activities until tomorrow so that he would not be overshadowed by my very special day.
Now, I’m sure that many of you are looking at your computer or your phone right now and thinking, “Goddamn, I really love Anthony Bergen. How could I possibly pay back my all-time favorite Presidential historian with a birthday gift that would show my appreciation for everything that he’s ever done for me?” Don’t worry — many people feel the same exact way today, so you are not alone.
However, I am more than happy to share my stories with all of you and your support is the best possible gift that I could ever receive. So, instead, I want you to do something for yourself today. Instead of the $50-to-$500 that you intended to spend on me (and with good reason), I want you to spend $6.99 on yourself — the very best $6.99 you’ll ever spend. For my birthday, I want you to buy YOURSELF a copy of my recently-released book, Tributes and Trash Talk: What Our Presidents Said About Each Other, a candid look at how each of our Presidents was thought of by their peers in the world’s most exclusive fraternity. Over 350 pages of brilliant, poignant, funny, mean-spirited, contradictory, and petty quotes by American Presidents about every President from George Washington to Barack Obama, including Confederate President Jefferson Davis. For just $6.99, not only can you get a copy of my book instantly, but it’s a perfect opportunity to treat yourself on my birthday.
You can get Tributes and Trash Talk immediately and start reading it this morning. If you have a Kindle, iPad, or iPhone, my book is available right now via Amazon. Those of you who don’t have an actual Kindle device can download Amazon’s Kindle app for your iPad or iPhone for FREE and then read my book. For those who have a NOOK, Tributes and Trash Talk is available just as instantly and at the same low price of $6.99 via Barnes & Noble.
I’d have the most wonderful birthday if my wonderful readers (that would be you) bought themselves a copy of Tributes and Trash Talk today! I’d love to see 20 books sold today. Get yourself a copy of the book, for your sake and for mine. You won’t be disappointed!
For almost five years, I have found a home here on Tumblr for a passion that I have always had — writing about history, particularly the history of our country’s Presidents and Presidency. Dead Presidents began as a place for me to post essays that I never though others would read, and grew into a site that thousands of history-lovers just like me read every day. I’ve been able to share the stories that I love, interact with others who share my interests, and answer thousands of questions in a way that I hope my readers find entertaining, informative, fun, and, even educational.
That is why I have been so excited this week to present my first book, Tributes and Trash Talk: What Our Presidents Said About Each Other. I have been working on several projects and Tributes and Trash Talk is the first to be ready for release, and I’ve been so proud to put it on sale this week. I don’t expect the book to make me rich — if I did, I wouldn’t sell over 350 pages for just $6.99. What it is, I hope, is the beginning of a new phase where I enhance Dead Presidents with several upcoming book projects. In order to do this in a way to make each new book bigger than the last, I ask for your support, and I thank those of you who have already given it.
If you haven’t had an opportunity to pick it up yet, you can get Tributes and Trash Talk, a fun collection of remarkable quotes by our Presidents about the other members of their exclusive fraternity, right now for just $6.99. If you have a Kindle, iPhone, or iPad, you can get the book, which features every President from George Washington to Barack Obama, instantly from Amazon. For those of you with the NOOK device, you download my book right now from Barnes & Noble. And you don’t need a Kindle or NOOK to read Tributes and Trash Talk. You can download the Kindle app from Amazon for FREE and use it to read my book on your smart phone, your tablet, your laptop, or your desktop. I’m old-fashioned and not a big fan of e-books, either, butTributes and Trash Talk looks great on all platforms and it’s a bargain for what it contains!
Thank you all for your continued support of Dead Presidents and I look forward to sharing more of my projects with you in the coming months!
I totally understand. I love having a book in my hand and being able to flip through the pages and seeing it up on my bookshelves (or, in stacks of books on my floor since I fill up my shelves so quickly). It’s tough to love an e-book.
Unfortunately, there are no plans right now for printed copies of Tributes and Trash Talk. Believe me, I’d love to have it available in every possible way and I’m working hard to have my next book available in print and in e-book format. But, this first edition of Tributes and Trash Talk will only be available as an e-book. My plan is to update the book every year or two, so I hope to see it in print sometime in the future.
If you don’t have an actual Kindle or NOOK device, there is the option of downloading Amazon’s FREE Kindle app for your phone, your tablet, or your laptop/desktop (Mac or PC). I know it’s not the same as having a book in your hands, but Tributes and Trash Talklooks pretty good when you read it via that free app. You can even read it through your browser after downloading the Kindle app and buying the book.