05/22/2019 - 7:30pm


This event has been canceled and will be rescheduled for a later date. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please check back for updates about the new date. 

WORD is excited to welcome author Jared Cohen to Jersey City for a discussion of his latest book Accidental Presidents, which tells the stories of the eight vice presidents who took office following the deaths of their running mates. 

Please note that admission to this event requires either a purchase of Accidental Presidents OR a $5 admission voucher. Books and vouchers can be purchased online in advance or at the door on the day of the event; advance orders will be available for pickup at the store on the day of the event. The admission voucher functions like a gift card and is good toward $5 off anything in store at WORD on the day of the event only. 


Accidental Presidents: Eight Men Who Changed America is the first book to chronicle the presidencies of the eight men who took office after the president’s death—John Tyler, Millard Fillmore, Andrew Johnson, Chester Arthur, Theodore Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge, Harry Truman, and Lyndon Johnson. An extensively researched and insightful examination of leadership, Accidental Presidents is the story of how these men, who were neither the voters’ nor their party’s choice, rose to power and confronted the challenges and contours of their times. While not all of the accidental presidents were successful or adept leaders, the lessons we can learn from them offer a roadmap for future moments of chaos and transition. 


Jared Cohen is the founder and CEO of Jigsaw at Alphabet Inc. He also serves as an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Prior to Alphabet, he was Google’s first Director of Ideas and chief advisor to Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt. From 2006 to 2010 he served as a member of the Secretary of State's Policy Planning Staff and as a close advisor to both Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton. Cohen is the New York Times bestselling author of four books, including Children of Jihad, One Hundred Days of Silence: America and the Rwanda Genocide, and The New Digital Age: Transforming Nations, Business, and our Lives, which he co-authored with Eric Schmidt. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, TIME, and Foreign Policy.

Accidental Presidents: Eight Men Who Changed America Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501109829
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: Simon & Schuster - April 9th, 2019


The strength and prestige of the American presidency has waxed and waned since George Washington. Accidental Presidents looks at eight men who came to the office without being elected to it.

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$5 admission to this event at our Jersey City store. Your $5 admission voucher functions like a gift card and can be used toward anything in store on the night of the event only.