Fellow Citizens: The Penguin Book of U.S. Presidential Inaugural Addresses

Fellow Citizens: The Penguin Book of U.S. Presidential Inaugural Addresses

by Robert V. Remini, Terry Golway
     
 

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The complete American presidential inaugural addresses featuring historical background by a National Book Award winner A testament to the power of oratory, this stirring and often surprising collection includes all fifty-five United States presidential inaugural addresses, as well as a general introduction and commentary that provides historical context for each… See more details below

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The complete American presidential inaugural addresses featuring historical background by a National Book Award winner A testament to the power of oratory, this stirring and often surprising collection includes all fifty-five United States presidential inaugural addresses, as well as a general introduction and commentary that provides historical context for each speech. Marking pivotal moments in American history, readers will learn:* How George Washington came to ad-lib “So help me, God” at the end of his first inaugural address* Why Thomas Jefferson’s first inaugural address is considered one of the finest ever delivered* The historical background behind Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself” and John F.Kennedy’s “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”

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Library Journal

Especially timely in this presidential election season, this book contains all 55 presidential inaugural addresses, word for word, from George Washington in 1789 through George W. Bush in 2005. Editors Remini (historian, U.S. House of Representatives; Andrew Jackson), and Golway (curator, John Kean Center for American History, Kean Univ.; Washington's General) provide excellent, readable historical context and pertinent facts prior to each address, as well as in an introduction. The supplied context and commentary make the book shine, for example, that Grover Cleveland, for his first address in 1885, recited the entire speech from memory, or that it was the custom, begun by Jefferson, for presidents to step down after two terms, until FDR ran for a third term in 1940 (with the 22nd Amendment preventing it thereafter). A pleasure to read, even for those who don't think they're history buffs; recommended for public and college libraries.
—Leigh Mihlrad

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440631573
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/26/2008
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
496
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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