Complete Book of U.S. Presidents
by William A. DeGregorio
An amusing, informative read, this comprehensive single-volume source book on U.S.presidents from George Washington to George W. Bush, offers an in-depth (and often gossipy) look at all our chief executives. Each bio covers their physical description, personality, backgrounds of their ancestors, early romances, education, religion, military service, immediate family, friends, foes, administrations, successes, and failures. Their political careers include campaign issues, cabinet members, Supreme Court appointees, critical issues of their presidency, plus criticisms, & kudos.
6¼ x 9¼ 771 pages, hardbound
#244 Complete Presidents $12.95
House Confidential The Little Book of Weird Presidential
by Gregg Stebben and Jim Morris
Were past presidents smarter, more honest, and better behaved than those we elect today? Not really, according to the authors of this book. Long before Watergate, Contragate, Travelgate, Nannygate, Paulagate, or Zippergate, our presidents wre lying and cheating, staling and womanizing. For example: Which president lived at the White House with both his wife and his mistress? Which president had to borrow $600 from a neighbor so he could travel to his own inauguration? Of which president's death was Dorothy Parker speaking when asked, "How could you tell?"
7¼" x 6" 273 pages, paperbound
#252 White House Confidential $10.95
Machismo by Alexander DeConde
Harry Truman stated that in his time the American presidency had become "the greatest and most important office in the history of the world. Its war power he alleged would have made Ceasar or Genghis Kahn envious. This book explores how presidents accumulated this power, focusing on their penchant for using military force unilaterally and their reasons for doing so. Some experts on the presidency believe that the office's "real potency does not show on the face of the Constitution" but in the presonality of the individual in the White House." Other maintain that the impact of personality on how the president functions has grown beyond constitutional constraints. You will be surprised at how many of our presidents, through ego or stupidity, brought us to the brink of war. You will be more suprised and shocked to learn the trivial reasons for these near-conflicts.
6" x 9 391 pages, index, paperbound
#431 Presidential Machismo $22.95
by Paul F. Boller, Jr.
During the 18th century, the first lady was an invisible woman who stayed out of sight and appeared at White House functions only when absolutely necessary. In the 20th century, the presidents wife could be Great Host, a Fashion Leader, a Partner, or an Activist. Find out why President Wilsons spouse was called Presidentress.
5¼ x 8 553 pages, index, paperbound
#294 Presidential Wives $15.95
by Webb Garrison
Here are entertaining and surprising stories about the presidents wives from Martha Washington to Hillary Clinton. For example, Lou Hoover packed a .38 while she and Herbert lived in China during the Boxer Re-bellion. Dolley Madison was the only first lady to sniff snuff in public. Find out who was nicknamed Petunia, Miss Adorable, Cuddles, Buffalo, and the Silver Fox.
6 x 9 255 pages, illus., index, paperbound
#230 White House Ladies $12.95