Which presidents were the best for America…and which were the worst?
Most historians of the American presidency—walking in lockstep with today’s hard-Left academic establishment—favor presidents who were big-government statists and globalists. They dislike presidents who lowered taxes, protected American workers, and avoided getting the United States entangled in foreign conflicts that had nothing to do with protecting the American people. It is through that prism that they see all of American history.
It’s time for a change. Nowadays, with socialism massively discredited and internationalism facing more opposition than it has since before World War II, it’s time to reevaluate what the Leftist historians have told us. Donald Trump was elected president pledging to put America First, as any nation’s leader should put his or her own people first. There needs to be an America-First reevaluation of him and his predecessors.
This book, therefore, rates the presidents not on the basis of criteria developed by socialist internationalist historians, but on their fidelity to the United States Constitution and to the powers, and limits to those powers, of the president as delineated by the Founding Fathers. America’s presidents are rated on the extent to which they put America First—not in the sense of a narrow isolationism, but whether they really advanced the interests of the American people.
This upends the conventional wisdom about a great deal of American history and present-day reality, and is intended to do so. This book offers what should be the only criteria for rating the occupants of the White House: were they good for America?
About the Author
Spencer is the bestselling author of The History of Jihad, The Palestinian Delusion, and Did Muhammad Exist?. He led seminars for the FBI, the US Central Command, US Army Command and General Staff College, the Asymmetric Warfare Group, and the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF).
“When the dust settles on current political divisions, clear-eyed historians will see the occupant of the White House as an American revolutionary. Donald Trump’s revolution was to unapologetically restore a nation’s pride, resurrect its power, and unleash its engines of prosperity and opportunity. These achievements were made possible because Trump established a new standard for American leadership: put America and its people first. As a leader, be an American patriot and rally your people to its cause. The indefatigable Robert Spencer has written a primer for the new era that Trump has made possible. His new book, Rating America’s Presidents, rejects the self-flagellations of the academic left and proposes a Trumpian standard for judging the forty-five individuals who have occupied the Oval Office. Where left-wing historians have rated America’s presidents on how faithfully they adhere to left-wing biases, Spencer has re-evaluated America’s leaders by the only standard that should count: have they advanced the interests of their country and the welfare of its citizens? Rating America’s Presidents is itself a revolutionary act.”
— David Horowitz
“Robert Spencer has applied a cogent, clearly-explained standard for rating the presidents: ‘How good were they for America?’ His rankings are consistent, fair, and in my view, appropriate (we might differ strongly about Old Hickory, whom I think was a long-term disaster for the United States, but that’s just me). No list that has anyone but Washington as number one should ever be considered, and appropriately that’s where Spencer has him. Likewise, Lincoln rates a ten as ‘great for America.’ Agree with his ratings or not, no one can say that Spencer has been flippant or casual in his effort to portray all presidents in light of the single issue of how they made America greater.”
— —Larry Schweikart, author of A Patriot’s History of the United States and Reagan: The American President
“One thing virtually every American can agree on is that every ranking of American presidents is a reflection of the values of the person or persons making those rankings. So, if you share the left-wing values of the vast majority of academics and journalists, you will certainly be pleased with how highly Woodrow Wilson and Barack Obama, to cite but two examples, are ranked. But if you believe, as I do, that these were two of the worst presidents in American history, where do you go for a knowledgeable ranking of the presidents? Here is the answer: Robert Spencer’s Rating America’s Presidents. It offers a new assessment based on the only criterion that matters: who did good for America? Given the author’s credentials and the subject matter, this is an important?and enjoyable?book.”
— Dennis Prager is a nationally-syndicated radio talk host, syndicated columnist, and president of Prager University, the largest conservative video site in the world. He is also a New York Times bestselling author of ten books.
“The problem with so many presidential rating and ranking lists—typically based around polls of college professors—is not just that they are biased. The most recent Republican president is almost always given the lowest marks, of course. No, the deeper problem is that they revolve around flawed, or in many cases, no criteria at all. Spencer’s evaluation of our presidents is quite different. He instead goes by the simple question: ‘Who preserved, protected, and defended the Constitution of the United States?’ Readers will find that Rating America’s Presidents provides an enlightening perspective based on who fulfilled that simple, but essential presidential oath.”
— Jarrett Stepman, columnist for The Daily Signal and author ofThe War on History: The Conspiracy to Rewrite America’s Past
“American students are usually taught to remember names and dates, but rarely get asked to critically evaluate past presidents. Here, Spencer does that in a way never-before-seen. A must-read for students—students of history.”
— Jack Posobiec, correspondent and host for One America News Network and author of Citizens for Trump: The Inside Story of the People’s Movement to Take Back America
“A magnificent work; thorough, impressive, robust, not to mention eminently readable. Spencer has the brain the size of a small planet, and it shows. His groundbreaking analysis of our presidents is a must-read, and should be on the bookshelves of every home, classroom, and library.”
— Nick Adams, author ofTrump and Churchill: Defenders of Western Civilization and Retaking America:Crushing Political Correctness
“We’ve all taken sides in the fight about the best and worst presidents at some point, and going forward, this book is a necessary weapon in your truth arsenal.”
— Buck Sexton, conservative radio host, political commentator, author, and former intelligence officer with the Central Intelligence Agency
“Robert Spencer’s greatest contribution to the public debate has always been intellectual rigor and fearlessness in resisting facile orthodoxy. In Rating America’s Presidents, he makes his cynosure President Donald Trump’s guiding tenet: The duty of America’s president is, simply, to put America’s interests first. His effort to apply the same metrics to every chief executive in history will raise progressive hackles, rankle Republicans of a globalist bent, and hearten today’s populist conservatives. Wherever one fits on the spectrum, none can deny that this book is thoroughly researched and forcefully argued—the Spencer we’ve come to know, has proved himself invaluable.”
— Andrew C. McCarthy, New York Times bestselling author