The Warm Bucket Brigade: The Story of the American Vice Presidency (Google eBook)
What Do You Know about America's Vice Presidents?
(The official quiz that you, the reader, should take right now to determine if you need this book)
(Bonus challenge: For extra points, name the men that the vice presidents shot!)
See answers below. No cheating!
The vice presidency isn't worth "a bucket of warm spit"
That's the prudish version of what John Nance Garner had to say about the office--several years after serving as VP under FDR. Was he right?
The vice presidency is one of America's most historically complicated, intriguing, and underappreciated public offices. And Jeremy Lott's sweeping, hilarious, and insightful history introduces readers to the unusual and sometimes shadowy cast of characters that have occupied it:
With crisp prose, Lott focuses on their bitter rivalries and rank ambitions, their glorious victories and tragic setbacks. At the end of hundreds of historical vignettes, interviews, and pilgrimages to obscure places, Lott concludes that the vice presidency is an invaluable political institution that tends to frustrate the ambitions of America's most ambitious politicans--an ungainly launch pad for future political success and a drunk tank for those who would imbibe too deeply of power.
Answers to Quiz!
Answers to bonus challenge: Alexander Hamilton and Harry Whittington
0-4 You are a novice who should probably buy this book
5-8 You are a history buff who should love this book
9-12 You are a smart cookie who should appear on Jeopardy--and buy this book for show prep
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Review: The Warm Bucket Brigade: The Story of the American Vice PresidencyUser Review - David - Goodreads
Written in a very vernacular style, this book had some great information but missed at least one important event in the vice presidency. Mr. Lott had obviously completed some great research. I learned ... Read full review
Review: The Warm Bucket Brigade: The Story of the American Vice PresidencyUser Review - Rick - Goodreads
Lots of fun to read. Hooray, Jeremy! Read full review
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