A Treasury Of White House Tales: Fascinating, Colorful Stories of American Presidents and Their Families

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Celebrating more than two centuries of the American presidency, A Treasury of White House Tales offers fifty-seven little-known stories about presidents from George Washington to Bill Clinton. A fascinating look at the world's most powerful men. Illustrated and indexed.
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Overview

Celebrating more than two centuries of the American presidency, A Treasury of White House Tales offers fifty-seven little-known stories about presidents from George Washington to Bill Clinton. A fascinating look at the world's most powerful men. Illustrated and indexed.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558533820
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/1996
  • Series: American Tales Series
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.01 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Webb Garrison, formerly associate dean of Emory University and president of McKendree College,wrote more than 55 books, including Civil War Curiosities and Civil War Triviaand Fact Book. Before his deathin 2000, Garrison lived in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina.
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Table of Contents

The Most Powerful Men in the World 9
Preface to the Updated Edition 11
Part 1 Close Calls
1. Miraculous Escapes Led George Washington to See Himself as "Special" 15
2. Andrew Jackson's Skinny Body and Loose Coat Saved His Life 19
3. A Simple Military Song Saved John Tyler's Life 22
4. A Senator and a Sculptress Saved Andrew Johnson's Presidency 25
5. Abraham Lincoln's Body Narrowly Escaped Grave Robbers 30
6. Teddy Roosevelt's Life Was Saved by a Speech 34
7. The Saga of White House Security 38
Part 2 Undercover Stuff
8. A Life and Death Drama Took Place at Sea 47
9. Three Strikes ... And In! 52
10. Though Woodrow Wilson Appeared Strong, He Was Fragile as a Reed 56
11. Strange Dreams and Ominous Nightmares 61
12. Secrets of the Stars 66
13. What the World's Most Powerful Men Have Thought of Their Job 71
14. Mental and Physical Health Have Been "Issues" in Many Presidential Campaigns 76
15. Off-trail Glimpses and Intimate Insights 81
Part 3 Wives and Mothers
16. The Father of His Country Could Not Satisfy His Own Mother 91
17. The Unsolved Riddle of Nancy Hanks and Her Son 96
18. Courting Women and Wealth 101
19. Wife Opposed to Women's Suffrage Wielded the Power of the Presidency for Weeks 107
20. Wives Have Freely Broken with Precedent 111
21. Wives Have Said No and Made It Stick 115
22. Love Makes the World Go 'Round! 118
23. Off-trail Glimpses at Wives 123
24. Mothers and Sons 127
Part 4 The Imperial Presidency
25. Having Defeated the British, George Washington Refused to Become King 133
26. The First President Also Was the First to Flex His Muscles 136
27. Thomas Jefferson Went Outside the Law in America's Largest Land Deal 140
28. Two Presidents Brought Texas into the Union "Under the Rug" 144
29. Under Pressures of Civil War, the Constitution Was Pushed Aside 148
30. Herbert Hoover Sent Future Military Leaders against Veterans 154
31. The East Wing Staff Has Mushroomed in Near Secrecy 158
Part 5 Trail Blazers
32. John Quincy Adams Reluctantly Talked to a Woman Reporter 163
33. A Landmark Campaign Made the Log Cabin a Powerful Symbol 166
34. John Tyler Ignored Opposition and Moved into the White House 170
35. Crete Garfield Took the First Fumbling Steps toward Air Conditioning 174
36. A Master of Words, John F. Kennedy Was Also a War Hero Who Narrowly Escaped Death 178
37. George Bush Was the Navy's Youngest Pilot 184
38. To Shake Hands or Not to Shake Hands 188
39. Many a Pet Has Lived in the White House 193
40. A Wild Pitch Launched a Lasting Sports Ritual 198
41. William Howard Taft's Stanley Steamer Was Squeezed into the White House Stable 203
42. First Events and Achievements 208
Part 6 Money Matters
43. Deeply in Debt, Thomas Jefferson Tried to Sell Monticello at Lottery 215
44. For James Monroe, "Compensation" Was Too Little, Too Late 218
45. A Phony White House Controversy Became a Major Campaign Issue 222
46. Abraham Lincoln Was a High-powered and Sometimes High-priced Attorney 226
47. Ulysses S. Grant Won His Battle with Bankruptcy 230
48. Now-Priceless Memorabilia Were Sold as Scrap and Hauled Off as Junk 234
49. Presidents Have Had Some Unusual First Paying Jobs 238
50. Gifts and Loans Have Provoked the Public Interest 242
Part 7 The Making of a Modern President
51. Bush and Clinton: The Two Very Different Men Who Ushered in the New Millennium 251
Index 265
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