Presidential Anecdotes / Edition 2

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This is a collection of humorous stories about U.S. Presidents throughout history. Originally published in 1981, this edition is updated to include anecdotes on George Bush and Bill Clinton.

From Washington to Reagan, the chief executives' legends, true and apocryphal, lend another dimension to American history.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

*Praise for the first edition:

"A robust, entertaining, collection."--Publishers Weekly

"This is a more than sound refresher in American history: It is a...delightful account of how lucky this country has been in its Presidents."--Los Angeles Times Book Review

"An immensely entertaining collection of bonbons of White House humor. What's most eye-opening is not the wit of presidents--few have been known for that--but that the stories reveal so much about their characters."--Chicago Sun-Times

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 (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195097313
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/25/1996
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 472
  • Sales rank: 791,541
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 5.33 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Texas Christian University (Emeritus)
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Table of Contents

1 George Washington 3
2 John Adams 24
3 Thomas Jefferson 34
4 James Madison 45
5 James Monroe 50
6 John Quincy Adams 56
7 Andrew Jackson 66
8 Martin Van Buren 85
9 William Henry Harrison 90
10 John Tyler 95
11 James K. Polk 99
12 Zachary Taylor 103
13 Millard Fillmore 110
14 Franklin Pierce 113
15 James Buchanan 117
16 Abraham Lincoln 122
17 Andrew Johnson 147
18 Ulysses S. Grant 153
19 Rutherford B. Hayes 163
20 James A. Garfield 168
21 Chester A. Arthur 173
22 Grover Cleveland 177
23 Benjamin Harrison 183
24 William McKinley 188
25 Theodore Roosevelt 194
26 William Howard Taft 212
27 Woodrow Wilson 217
28 Warren G. Harding 229
29 Calvin Coolidge 233
30 Herbert Hoover 251
31 Franklin D. Roosevelt 258
32 Harry S. Truman 278
33 Dwight D. Eisenhower 290
34 John F. Kennedy 299
35 Lyndon B. Johnson 307
36 Richard M. Nixon 325
37 Gerald R. Ford 333
38 Jimmy Carter 340
39 Ronald Reagan 348
40 George Bush 368
41 William Jefferson Clinton 377
Notes 393
Index 437
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