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Children's LiteratureIn the more than 200 years since the first U.S. president was sworn in, nearly all of the men to hold that office have been married. Only one, James Buchanan, never married. The 200+ letters in this new volume reveal, with warmth and candor, the closeness of the relationships between the Commanders in Chief[OU1] and their wives. Details of the daily lives and inner thoughts of these intriguing couples are interspersed with discussions about national welfare, war, children, health, international affairs, education, and household affairs. Readers are privy to letters from courtship through marriage and from the campaign trail through the White House. Gerard W. Gawalt has done a yeoman's job of compiling, editing, and grouping correspondence from the Library of Congress, as well as presidential libraries and private collections. We will probably never have—and should not have—a White House-based reality TV show, but Gawalt's work provides a riveting look at the "reality" of the presidential marriages, in each couple's own words. Includes more than sixty portraits and illustrations. 2005, Black Dog & Leventhal, Ages 12 to Adult.
—Heidi Hauser Green