Presidential Anecdotes

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OUP USA, Oct 3, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 451 pages
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From the story of George Washington chopping down the cherry tree to Bill Clinton winging a speech to Congress, from Abraham Lincoln's homely tales to Ronald Reagan's one-liners, Presidential Anecdotes contains an abundance of stories about America's presidents. Arranged chronologically, the stories are based on passages appearing in autobiographies, letters, journals, and reminiscences of the presidents and their families, friends, and associates. Some of the stories are spurious, as the book makes clear, but most of them have a solid basis in fact. Boller provides a sketch of each president, depicting his personality, temperament, life style, and central vision, and then goes on to tell stories about them that throw further light on their characters and personalities. Taken together, Boller's essays and stories about America's Chief Executives comprise a capsule history of the presidency and a running commentary on American politics during the past two hundred years.
 

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User Review  - ServusLibri - LibraryThing

In fairness I must expand AlextheHuns review. I completely agree with him, but those editions marked 'revised edtion' on the cover after 1996, now include a bibliographic index. Read full review

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User Review  - AlexTheHunn - LibraryThing

A breezy, and interesting collection of information about the presidents. The contents match the title exactly, no surprises here. This makes fun light reading as one can stop and start whereever one ... Read full review

Contents

George Washington
3
John Adams
24
Thomas Jefferson
34
James Madison
45
James Monroe
50
John Quincy Adams
56
Andrew Jackson
66
Martin Van Buren
85
Benjamin Harrison
183
William McKinley
188
Theodore Roosevelt
194
William Howard Taft
212
Woodrow Wilson
217
Warren G Harding
229
Calvin Coolidge
233
Herbert Hoover
251

William Henry Harrison
90
John Tyler
95
James K Polk
99
Zachary Taylor
103
Millard Fillmore
110
Franklin Pierce
113
James Buchanan
117
Abraham Lincoln
122
Andrew Johnson
147
Ulysses S Grant
153
Rutherford B Hayes
163
James A Garfield
168
Chester A Arthur
173
Grover Cleveland
177
Franklin D Roosevelt
258
Harry S Truman
278
wight D Eisenhower
290
John F Kennedy
299
Lyndon B Johnson
307
Richard M Nixon
325
Gerald R Ford
333
Jimmy Carter
340
Ronald Reagan
348
George Bush
368
William Jefferson Clinton
377
Notes
393
Index
441
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Paul F. Boller is at Southern Methodist University (Emeritus).

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