Presidential Retreats: Where the Presidents Went and Why They Went There

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Simon and Schuster, Oct 30, 2012 - History - 338 pages
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Where do you go to relax when you’re the leader of the free world?

Even the president needs to get away from it all sometimes. From George Washington to Barack Obama, each of our presidents has sought solace from the tightly structured daily routines of the White House. As Ronald Reagan once said of his California ranch, “I do some of my best thinking there.” Peter Hannaford takes readers on a fascinating armchair vacation with each of our leaders, offering unique historical context for the why and the where of their chosen retreats.

Which president asked visiting foreign dignitaries to send him seeds to plant at his family home? Who called his vacation property “Sherwood Forest” because it was “a good place for an outlaw”? Which adventure-loving Commander-in- Chief set up a Summer White House in New York every year? Who liked to cruise aboard the presidential yacht when faced with momentous wartime decisions? Who polled the American people to help him decide where to vacation?

Presidential Retreats explores a side of the American presidency that we don’t often see—the downtime—as it offers an intriguing glimpse at the evolution of leisure time in this country.
  

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Contents

George Washington 1st President
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John Adams 2nd President
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Thomas Jefferson 3rd President
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James Madison 4th President
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James Monroe 5th President
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John Quincy Adams 6th President Andrew Jackson 7th President Martin Van Buren 8th President William Henry Harrison 9th President John Tyler 1...
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James K Polk 11th President
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Zachary Taylor 12th President
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Bibliography Acknowledgments Index
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Millard Fillmore 13th President 63
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Franklin Pierce 14th President
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James Buchanan 15th President
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Abraham Lincoln 16th President
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Ulysses S Grant 18th President
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Peter Hannaford is president of Hannaford Enterprises, Inc., a public relations/public affairs consultancy he founded in 1998. He also is a senior counselor for APCO Worldwide, a large public affairs/strategic communications firm based in Washington. In Ronald Reagan’s 1976 presidential nomination campaign Hannaford was co-director of issues and research; in the 1980 campaign, senior communications adviser to Reagan. Hannaford is the author of numerous articles and eleven published books.

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