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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 Scott Rank, PhD

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    • 4.7 • 48 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

4.7 out of 5
48 Ratings

48 Ratings

New1111999 ,

New series Plz

This series was great, They should make another one on Vice President or The Congress, Or even put Other countries Leader.

ZehNerdyGamer ,

Very informative, I enjoyed it

This was great fun to listen to, and gave some much needed insight to some of the lesser known presidents. If I may ask a question, will you redo this when Biden takes office?

Jay Foulk ,

Presidential Fight Club

This podcast is great fun! I think this is a wonderful way to have fun with history and if you aren’t careful, you WILL learn something!
Excellent work!

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