46 episodes

Historians have ranked U.S. presidents on leadership, economic management, and pursuing justice, but they have never asked themselves which one could beat up all the others. This show will change that. Hosted by two history professors—James Early and Scott Rank—this is an NCAA-style tournament in which all presidents fight each other one-on-one until there is one champion. You'll see Barack Obama fight William Howard Taft (who literally weights twice as much), Abraham Lincoln try to knock the wooden teeth out of George Washington, and several other rumbles among the commander-in-chiefs.

James and Scott narrate each of these 44 fights by comparing the physical abilities of each president, military experience, and special abilities that would help them win. Did they have combat training? Were they generals? Were they ex-wrestlers? The presidents are also ranked how well they would do in hand-to-hand combat at about the age of 35 (no, FDR won’t be fighting as a polio-riddled man in a wheelchair).

Presidential Fight Club James Early & Scott Rank

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    • 4.9, 32 Ratings

Historians have ranked U.S. presidents on leadership, economic management, and pursuing justice, but they have never asked themselves which one could beat up all the others. This show will change that. Hosted by two history professors—James Early and Scott Rank—this is an NCAA-style tournament in which all presidents fight each other one-on-one until there is one champion. You'll see Barack Obama fight William Howard Taft (who literally weights twice as much), Abraham Lincoln try to knock the wooden teeth out of George Washington, and several other rumbles among the commander-in-chiefs.

James and Scott narrate each of these 44 fights by comparing the physical abilities of each president, military experience, and special abilities that would help them win. Did they have combat training? Were they generals? Were they ex-wrestlers? The presidents are also ranked how well they would do in hand-to-hand combat at about the age of 35 (no, FDR won’t be fighting as a polio-riddled man in a wheelchair).

    Epilogue: Is There a Connection Between Fighting Ability and Being a Great President?

    Epilogue: Is There a Connection Between Fighting Ability and Being a Great President?

    In this postscript to the Presidential Fight Club, James and Scott discuss whether the qualities that make a president a good fighter also make him a good leader. Spoiler alert: We mostly agree that it does.

    • 17 min
    The Final Match

    The Final Match

    We are at the end of the tournament! After 43 battles, with the arena littered with the battered and bruised presidents who lost, only two remain standing. Who will be victorious?

    • 10 min
    Final 4 - Washington vs. Eisenhower

    Final 4 - Washington vs. Eisenhower

    George Washington vs. Dwight D. Eisenhower

    • 12 min
    Final 4 - Teddy Roosevelt vs. Abraham Lincoln

    Final 4 - Teddy Roosevelt vs. Abraham Lincoln

    We're nearing the end of the tournament and down to our final four contenders! Enjoy this fight between Teddy Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln

    • 11 min
    Midwest Regional Final- Gerald Ford vs. Abraham Lincoln

    Midwest Regional Final- Gerald Ford vs. Abraham Lincoln

    Gerald Ford vs. Abraham Lincoln

    • 8 min
    Midwest Regional Semifinal 2- Gerald Ford vs. James Garfield

    Midwest Regional Semifinal 2- Gerald Ford vs. James Garfield

    Gerald Ford vs. James Garfield

    • 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

Saminabucket ,

Let’s all talk about fight club....

Completely imaginative and intellectually stimulating!

redmilk ,

pretty dang fun

its a really fun podcast that made me laugh out loud, anyone can enjoy it, even if you are not a history nerd. The episodes are quick and full of crazy CRAZY stories I never knew about our presidents.

earlyaudrey ,

Fun and informative

This podcast takes a light-hearted approach to teaching presidential history, which makes it a fun, fresh podcast to listen to. It’s also incredible informative - I learned so much about the presidents and their lives from it!

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