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About the Author
Robert P. Watson is professor and director of American studies at Lynn University. He is the author of numerous books on U.S. history and politics. He was the founding editor of the journal White House Studies and serves on several academic and foundation boards. As a political analyst, he is interviewed regularly by national and international media. For his work as a scholar, lecturer, and community activist, Dr. Watson has received a range of awards, including the International Abraham Lincoln Center Award, the Children's Hero Award, and the League of Women Voters’ Good Government Award. He is also the recipient of several teaching excellence awards, including Outstanding Professor of the Year.
Table of Contents
Introduction: They Don’t Teach This Stuff in School
Chapter 1. Say It Isn’t So!
Chapter 2. Presidential Peccadilloes
Ten Stories of Presidential Love, Sex, and Scandal
Chapter 3. “I Profess Myself a Votary to Love”
Chapter 4. “Domestic Felicity”
Chapter 5. Slave Owner and Slave Lover
Chapter 6. “A Petticoat Affair”
Chapter 7. A Near Miss
Chapter 8. “The Siamese Twins”
Chapter 9. “I Can Never Be Satisfied”
Chapter 10. An Unlikely Union
Chapter 11. Full House
Chapter 12. Beloved Goddaughter
Conclusion: What Happens in the Lincoln Bedroom…
Chapter 13. Fatal Attraction
Chapter 14. Making Sense of Presidential Nonsense
What People are Saying About This
Affairs of State is a tour de force from one of the leading presidential scholars of our time. This book provides an eloquent, impeccably researched reminder that presidents—including those on Mount Rushmore—are human beings shaped by their intimate relationships, romantic and familial. For everyone interested in the American presidency, Robert P. Watson has written an accessible, compelling book that sheds light on the inner lives, foibles, and crucial relationships that shaped many of the most important presidents.
Robert Watson is one of the most thoughtful scholars that American studies and political science have produced. No one is more qualified than he to turn his attention to presidential follies and embarrassments. The result is a rollicking romp through political history that is as informative and insightful as it is entertaining.
Robert P. Watson’s Affairs of State is a fascinating and well-told examination of the great loves and lesser foibles of America’s presidents. A noted presidential scholar, Watson recounts the personal lives of the occupants of the ‘People’s House,’ exploring the human side of U.S. politics through stories that are at once touching, humorous, and sometimes shocking. The work helps fill a vacuum by allowing the reader to explore patterns of behavior that humanize the nation’s presidents. Watson also challenges the conventional mythology that surrounds many of the chief executives by presenting a clearer and deeper understanding of the nation’s leaders and the events that surrounded their presidencies.