All the Presidents' Children: Triumph and Tragedy in the Lives of America's First Families

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Simon and Schuster, Jan 6, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 464 pages
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From Abigail "Nabby" Adams to Chelsea Clinton, George Washington Adams to John F. Kennedy, Jr., the children of America's presidents have both suffered and triumphed under the watchful eyes of their powerful fathers and the glare of the ever-changing public. Whether they perished under the pressure like Andrew Johnson, upheld controversial views like Amy Carter, or carried their father's torch right back to the White House like George W. Bush, all presidential children grew up having to share their fathers with the whole of their fellow countrymen -- and, in too many instances, spent the rest of their lives in a desperate search for their own identities.
In this illuminating bestseller, Washington insider Doug Wead offers an authoritative analysis of our nation's presidential offspring. Featuring lively anecdotes, photographs, short biographies, and never-before-published personal accounts, All the Presidents' Children is an important socio-cultural work, a groundbreaking study of American family dynamics, and an entertaining foray into the homes, hearts, and history of our forefathers.
  

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Review: All the Presidents' Children: Triumph and Tragedy in the Lives of America's First Families

User Review  - jane - Goodreads

Interesting biographies of presidential children. Relentlessly positive writing about those still alive. More objective writing about those no longer with us. Some interesting insights about family relationships. Read full review

Review: All the Presidents' Children: Triumph and Tragedy in the Lives of America's First Families

User Review  - Dave - Goodreads

Having just watched the Historical HBO series on John Adams, I think back to when i finished this book last year. The stories of incredible sacrifice and expectations were all more vivid. A great read for anyone who appreciates what it might be like having a US President in your family Read full review

Contents

CONTENTS
1
The Curse of the Heirs Apparent
7
Daughters Seeking Fathers Approval
27
Unfulfilled Promises
53
Suffer the Little Children
77
Daughters of Courage
144
Triumphant Sons
162
Where Have You Gone Amy Carter?
254
In the Name of the Father
295
Epilogue
325
Realized Life Span
366
Presidential Children Who Worked
370
Source Notes
401
Index
445
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About the author (2004)

Doug Wead was a special assistant to President George H. W. Bush who is also a prominent corporate and motivational speaker. A cofounder of the relief organization Mercy Corps and author of twenty-six books, he lives near Washington, D.C. with his wife and five children. Visit the author's website at www.dougwead.com and www.mercycorps.org.

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