Air Force One: A History of the Presidents and Their Planes

Air Force One: A History of the Presidents and Their Planes

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by Kenneth T. Walsh
     
 

ISBN-10: 0786256869

ISBN-13: 9780786256860

Pub. Date: 09/28/2003

Publisher: Gale Group

From Franklin Roosevelt's prop-driven Pan Am to the glimmering blue-and-white jumbo 747 on which George W. Bush travels, the president's plane has captured the public's awe and imagination and is recognized around the world as a symbol of American power. It has emerged as a force in popular culture, and is seen regularly on the news as the president gives his famous

Overview

From Franklin Roosevelt's prop-driven Pan Am to the glimmering blue-and-white jumbo 747 on which George W. Bush travels, the president's plane has captured the public's awe and imagination and is recognized around the world as a symbol of American power. It has emerged as a force in popular culture, and is seen regularly on the news as the president gives his famous wave from the top of the stairs. In addition to making history and serving as an international symbol, Air Force One has evolved into a very special habitat, created by each commander in chief, that functions as an invaluable window on the presidents themselves. This unique history book, the first of its kind, is a look at the personality traits and peccadilloes that our last twelve presidents revealed on the plane, and the way they each established a distinctive mood aboard that was a reflection of themselves.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786256860
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
09/28/2003
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
455
Product dimensions:
5.44(w) x 8.92(h) x 1.08(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments7
Foreword13
Note to Readers19
1The Role of Air Force One21
2The Air Force One Experience48
3Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, and Dwight Eisenhower: The First "Flying Presidents"92
4John F. Kennedy: The Prince and the Power133
5Lyndon B. Johnson: King of the Cowboys163
6Richard Nixon: The Solitary Brooder194
7Gerald Ford: Everyman226
8Jimmy Carter: The Parsimonious Preacher248
9Ronald Reagan: America's Leading Man271
10George Herbert Walker Bush: The Foreign-Policy President320
11Bill Clinton: The Baby Boomer349
12George W. Bush: Commander in Chief404
AppendixCode Names Used by the Secret Service443
Endnotes445
Bibliography482
About the Author490

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