First Fathers: The Men Who Inspired Our Presidents

First Fathers: The Men Who Inspired Our Presidents

by Harold I. Gullan
     
 

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A compelling introduction to the fathers of America's presidents
After so much literature about first ladies and first families, here finally is a fascinating book focused on the fathers of our presidents. This lively and entertaining account of 44 disparate men reveals how they inspired, motivated, and influenced sons who ultimately ascended to the presidency.

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A compelling introduction to the fathers of America's presidents
After so much literature about first ladies and first families, here finally is a fascinating book focused on the fathers of our presidents. This lively and entertaining account of 44 disparate men reveals how they inspired, motivated, and influenced sons who ultimately ascended to the presidency. They include two who were themselves presidents, John Adams and George H. W. Bush, as well as two stepfathers, those of Gerald Ford and Bill Clinton. First Fathers captures the whole range of the American experience—from utter destitution to immense wealth, from enormous success to abject failure, unified by a common thread—the restless, ambitious, quintessentially American pursuit of happiness.

Harold I. Gullan, PhD (Philadelphia, PA), is a distinguished presidential scholar and the author of the highly praised Faith of Our Mothers, on the mothers of American presidents, and The Upset That Wasn't, on the dramatic 1948 election.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471465973
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
04/29/2004
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
947,599
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.67(h) x 1.12(d)

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"First Fathers is a fascinating glimpse at the relationships our presidents have had with their fathers. It fills an important niche in the study of the American Presidency." —Susan Eisenhower, author of Mrs. Ike

"Picking up First Fathers, I started out reading about my own ancestors, but quickly became fascinated by everyone else's. Dr. Gullan has gone a long way toward humanizing our chief executives." —Clifton Truman Daniel, grandson of President Harry S Truman

"A valuable new perspective...Gullan rounds out our understanding of his subjects in compelling fashion." —Kermit Roosevelt, Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania, and great great grandson of Theordore Roosevelt

"Gullan has taken an ingenious idea and followed through with it. Considering the importance of presidents of the United States, this is a book that everyone interested in the presidency-- and who is not? -- should have. The author knows the literature, writes exceedingly well, a first-rate combination." —Dr. Robert H. Ferrell, author of Harry S Truman: A Life

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Meet the Author

HAROLD I. GULLAN, PH.D., is the author if the critically acclaimed Faith of Our Mothers, a book about the mothers of American presidents, and The Upset That Wasn’t , a unique account of the dramatic 1948 victory of Harry S. Truman over Thomas E. Dewey. Following a successful career in advertising, Gullan returned to school to earn his doctorate in history, in 1988. Since that time, he has served as a visiting professor at four major universities, and has written and spoken extensively about the American experience.

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