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Fawcett, Bill

Oval Office Oddities

An Irreverent Collection of Presidential Facts, Follies, and Foibles

illustrated ed

€ 19.49

Every four years Americans go to the polls to elect a leader--a personage of unimpeachable sobriety and moral standing who will serve as a paragon for the rest of us. But truth be told, presidents and their families are people too--with quirks and character flaws like everyone else . . . and plenty of skeletons rattling around in their closets. "Oval Office Oddities" is a grand compendium of fascinating, sometimes embarrassing presidential facts, gaffes, and oddball behaviors--available in plenty of time for Election Day! White House Whoopee: We've all heard about the dalliances of Clinton and Kennedy--but what were Washington, Jefferson, FDR, and Ike doing behind closed doors? America's Imelda: Mary Todd Lincoln had an endearing little clothing fetish . . . and once purchased 300 pairs of gloves in a single month! Go West, Young Prez: "California Dreamin'" was not a top presidential priority . . . since no Commander in Chief bothered to visit the neglected coast until Rutherford B. Hayes did in 1880. Crazy Jack: Many prominent leaders were absolutely convinced that John Adams was stark raving bonkers!


Taal / Language : English

Inhoudsopgave:
Introduction vii
A Field Guide to Past American Presidents, 1789 to 1933
1(10)
Campaign Promises
11(20)
Presidential Firsts
31(15)
Presidential Peculiarities
46(19)
George Washington
65(7)
Before and After
72(11)
Thomas the Think Engine
83(9)
Presidents as People
92(15)
Grant Me This
107(8)
Dignity, Always Dignity
115(15)
Body Politic
130(18)
Presidential Politics
148(7)
Left and Right...
155(9)
When, Who, and How Much?
164(13)
On the Record: Presidential Libraries
177(5)
The Unsinkable Teddy Roosevelt
182(16)
Commander in Chief
198(44)
First Lady Follies
242(21)
Family Can Be First Family
263(8)
Stripes in the Stars
271(5)
Presidential Pets
276(18)
Presidential Pastimes
294(5)
Presidential Yachts
299(10)
Assassinations and Attempted Assassinations
309(6)
And the Other Was Elected Vice President...
315(8)
They Said That?
323(4)
White House Wonders
327(12)
Appendix: Rating the Presidents 339
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Paperback / softback
341 pagina's
Januari 2008
290 gram
203 x 133 x 25 mm
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