Presidential Anecdotes

Presidential Anecdotes

by Paul F. Boller, Jr.
     
 

The 2008 Presidential election is almost here and that can only mean one thing: our days are about to get a lot more entertaining. Beyond their wisdom, skill, and statesmanship, presidents are also famous for their tendency to show off horrendous manners, procrastinate on world affairs, say nonsensical things, and get into wild scandals. Clearly, being onstage

Overview

The 2008 Presidential election is almost here and that can only mean one thing: our days are about to get a lot more entertaining. Beyond their wisdom, skill, and statesmanship, presidents are also famous for their tendency to show off horrendous manners, procrastinate on world affairs, say nonsensical things, and get into wild scandals. Clearly, being onstage all the time has its challenges and nothing proves it better than these delightful anecdotes, abridged from the critically acclaimed compendium by Oxford University Press. Including public and insider stories from 41 presidents, all the way from George Washington to Bill Clinton, it’s an amusing reminder that it takes a lot more than grace-after-gaffe to be a great leader.

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
A collection of presidential anecdotes from Washington to Clinton revealing much about the character of each, their successes and failures, and the brilliant or silly ways in which they handled the office. Culled from autobiographies, letters, journals, and interviews with family and friends, the quips are both apocryphal and based on fact. Washington did hatch away at his father's cherry tree, but didn't actually cut it down, Harding had a way with words that made H.L. Mencken apoplectic, Eleanor Roosevelt appears funnier than Franklin D., and Reagan was, like Henny Youngman, the king of the one-liner. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762431472
Publisher:
Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date:
11/28/2007
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
2.70(w) x 3.20(h) x 0.80(d)

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Texas Christian University (Emeritus)

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