Party Like a President: True Tales of Inebriation, Lechery, and Mischief From the Oval Office

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Workman Publishing, 10.02.2015 - 272 Seiten
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There’s the office: President of the United States. And then there’s the man in the office—prone to temptation and looking to unwind after a long day running the country. Celebrating the decidedly less distinguished side of the nation’s leaders, humor writer Brian Abrams offers a compelling, hilarious, and true American history on the rocks—a Washington-to-Obama, vice-by-vice chronicle of how the presidents like to party.

From explicit love letters to slurred speeches to nude swims at Bing Crosby’s house, reputations are ruined and secrets bared. George Washington brokered the end of the? American Revolution over glasses of Madeira. Ulysses S. Grant rarely drew a sober breath when he was leading the North to victory. And it wasn’t all liquor. Some presidents preferred their drugs—Nixon was a pill-popper. And others chased women instead—both ?the professorial Woodrow Wilson (who signed his love letters “Tiger”) and the good ol’ boy Bill Clinton, though neither could hold a candle to Kennedy, who also received the infamous Dr. Feelgood’s “vitamin” injections of pure amphetamine.

Illustrated throughout with infographics (James Garfield’s attempts at circumnavigating the temperance movement), comic strips (George Bush Sr.’s infamous televised vomiting incident), caricatures, and fake archival documents, the book has the smart, funny feel of Mad magazine meets The Colbert Report. Plus, it includes recipes for 44 cocktails inspired by each chapter’s partier-in-chief.
 

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The High and Mighty General
1
His Rotunditys Morning Routine
7
Riding Dining and a Little UnBending
11
His Fine Portly Buxom Dame
16
Holiday Road
22
Gambling Furniture
26
Animal House
30
Martin Van Ruin
38
The Mighty Lord of the Wilderness
127
Continuously Hungry
132
A Passionate Scholar
139
Scandalous
143
The Unknown Comic
150
Lock Stock and Bootleggers Barrels
154
American Hero Awful Bartender
160
Straight Shooter
168

32 Days
47
His Accidency
50
Workaholic
54
The Hazards of a Teetotaler Lifestyle
59
Cult Obscurity
63
Hero of Many a WellFought Battle
66
Bosom Buddies
71
A House in Disarray
77
In the Face of My Nation
83
A Natural Craving
87
The Water Flowed Like Champagne
96
Undoing the Hayes Ban
99
The Swinging Garden of Babylon
102
Sheriff Jumbo
109
The Pious Moonlight Dude
115
Stealth Operation
120
Frat Boys Take the Stand
124
First Couch Potatoes
172
The Carnal Adventures of JFK and His Highly Influential Vice President JJ
176
The Texas White House
186
All the Presidents Meds
193
Memories of Jerry
198
Brothers Keeper
203
Raising the Drinking Age
208
The Vomiting Incident
212
Slick Willy
217
The Demon Looking Back
223
The Choom Gang
228
So Who Partied the Hardest?
233
Party Appendix
235
Additional Recipes
240
Sources
243
Acknowledgments
260
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Brian Abrams is the author of AND NOW . . . An Oral History of “Late Night with David Letterman,” 1982-1993. He has written for High Times, Mental Floss, Playboy, and other publications. He lives in New York City.

 

John Mathias is an artist, illustrator, and graphic designer whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Seventeen, Tablet Magazine, The Lowbrow Reader and others. He lives in Long Branch, New Jersey.

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