In the summer of 2001, the American Presidents -- living and dead -- once again come together to play baseball, as they've been doing for many years. This year's games seem different because of a new father-and-son combination, but in light of the devastating attacks to come just a few weeks after the season ended, some of the experiences gained by the nation's newest Chief Executive during and in between games become unexpectedly valuable. Meanwhile, during the games on the field, every one of the Presidents gets his moment in the sun; off the field they all speak to the reader about life, history, and baseball, not to mention their feelings about politics and their fellow Presidents. We hear from the always blunt Harry Truman, the equally taciturn Cal Coolidge, and we discover some unexpected emotions from the like of Jimmy Carter, Matty Van Buren, and Zach Taylor. Of course George Washington, Abe Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Jack Kennedy are part of the games and the conversations, but so are more obscure men like Millard Fillmore, Warren Harding and Rutherford "Rudd" Hayes. In a sense, baseball is the great equalizer among our Presidents, and their love of country and duty -- as well as their strengths and weaknesses -- shine through on these pages. If you love learning about the American Presidents, or are a true baseball fan, or especially if both apply to you, you will love reading "Coolidge Ran for Taft in the 7th: When the Presidents Played Baseball."
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