This book is short and designed to be that way because of the series of books that it belongs to. That said, it was long enough. It is depressing to think that anyone actually thought it was a good idea to have him on the ticket in 1864. Gordon-Reed takes no prisoners in her evaluation of the Johnson presidency- and rightfully so. He is a man for whom it is difficult to have empathy for. The author seems to try to find something about the man to like but it isn't an easy chore. At the end of the day, he was the wrong person, in the wrong place, at the wrong time. He belongs in that illustrious group of presidents who were simply, utter failures- His photograph should hang next to GW Bush and Buchanan.