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
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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An interesting book about the children of America's most famous men. The book encompasses all of the presidential children from George Washington's stepchildren to George W. Bush's twin daughters ... Read full review

ALL THE PRESIDENT'S CHILDREN: Triumph and Tragedy in the Lives of America's First Families

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Madmen, murderers, miscreants, martyrs: presidents' children are just like the rest of us, only more so.So one would conclude from this thoroughgoing compendium by former Bush I administration staffer ... Read full review


The Curse of the Heirs Apparent
Daughters Seeking Fathers Approval
Unfulfilled Promises
Suffer the Little Children
Daughters of Courage
Triumphant Sons
Where Have You Gone Amy Carter?
In the Name of the Father
Realized Life Span
Presidential Children Who Worked
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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 and

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