First Off the Tee: Presidential Hackers, Duffers, and Cheaters, from Taft to Bush

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Public Affairs, 2003 - Political Science - 357 pages
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Some students of the presidency say that we can learn the most about the men who've occupied the Oval Office by studying their ideology. Others say political savvy or family background or regional influences are paramount. But Don Van Natta argues for another standard--by observing the way they play golf. Fourteen of the last seventeen presidents have been golfers, and Van Natta explores two questions - Why is the game of golf so attractive to the men who occupy the Oval Office? And what do their golf games reveal about their characters? Some presidents relied on golf to escape the burdens of office, while others brought those burdens with them.

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This book by Van Natta, a Washington correspondent for the New York Times, has an unusual concept. It is not really a sports book; nor is it a work of political analysis. Instead, it functions best ... Read full review

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Jeff Gerth has been a New York Times reporter for more than a quarter century. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1999 as a member of the Times team that disclosed the corporate sale of American technology to China. Gerth was also the first reporter to break the Whitewater story. Don Van Natta is an investigative correspondent for the New York Times. He has been a member of three Pulitzer Prize-winning teams, and he is the author of the New York Times bestselling First off the Tee: Presidential Hackers, Duffers and Cheaters from Taft to Bush.

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