Veeps

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It's a tired but true cliche that every American Vice President is just a heartbeat away from the most powerful job in the world - a job they've often never really interviewed for. Who are these people? Over more than 200 years, the American voters have sent a platoon of rogues, cowards, drunks, featherweights, doddering geriatrics, bigots, and atrocious spellers to Washington D.C. to sit one bullet, cerebral hemorrhage, or case of pneumonia away from the highest office in the land. Veeps tells the sordid, ...

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Overview

It's a tired but true cliche that every American Vice President is just a heartbeat away from the most powerful job in the world - a job they've often never really interviewed for. Who are these people? Over more than 200 years, the American voters have sent a platoon of rogues, cowards, drunks, featherweights, doddering geriatrics, bigots, and atrocious spellers to Washington D.C. to sit one bullet, cerebral hemorrhage, or case of pneumonia away from the highest office in the land. Veeps tells the sordid, head-scratching, perversely-entertaining stories of these men we've chosen to ride shotgun in the biggest rig in democracy, without ever seriously considering the possibility that they might have to take the wheel.

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This one's a conundrum. Kelter sure is an expert when it comes to our vice presidents-wow, will readers learn a lot here!-but he's also a smart aleck, fond of wordplay and humor that verge on the sophomoric and can be crude (including the index). Although the VPs are handled chronologically, there are no internally consistent subheadings or boxed data to make this ready reference. Nevertheless, the book is recommended with appreciation of Kelter's deep knowledge (he gives his print and online sources) and of Shellabarger's pen-and-ink portraits of each VP, marvelously evocative of 19th-century copperplates. For public libraries.


—Margaret Heilbrun
Cory Doctorow
Holy cow, did I ever enjoy reading Veeps: Profiles in Insignificance by Bill Kelter and Wayne Shellabarger, a snarky, thorough look at the foibles and missteps of the vice presidency from John Adams to Dick Cheney. I had no idea how completely comic the office has been through the years […]
Noel Murray
Bill Kelter and Wayne Shellabarger's Veeps: Profiles In Insignificance puts an amusing spin on the Last Cow concept, taking a closer look at arguably the wackiest part of presidential life: the selection and inevitable shunning of vice-presidents. Between Shellabarger's dark, scratchy illustrations and Kelter's mix of straight info and offbeat anecdotes, Veeps gives the men who take a pointless job for political reasons about as much space as they probably deserve.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603090032
  • Publisher: Top Shelf Productions
  • Publication date: 12/2/2008
  • Pages: 180
  • Sales rank: 1,442,146
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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