First Fathers: The Men Who Inspired Our Presidents

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Wiley, Apr 29, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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A compelling introduction to the fathers of America's presidents
After so much literature about first ladies and first families, here finally is a fascinating book focused on the fathers of our presidents. This lively and entertaining account of 44 disparate men reveals how they inspired, motivated, and influenced sons who ultimately ascended to the presidency. They include two who were themselves presidents, John Adams and George H. W. Bush, as well as two stepfathers, those of Gerald Ford and Bill Clinton. First Fathers captures the whole range of the American experience--from utter destitution to immense wealth, from enormous success to abject failure, unified by a common thread--the restless, ambitious, quintessentially American pursuit of happiness.

Harold I. Gullan, PhD (Philadelphia, PA), is a distinguished presidential scholar and the author of the highly praised Faith of Our Mothers, on the mothers of American presidents, and The Upset That Wasn't, on the dramatic 1948 election.

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HAROLD I. GULLAN, PH.D., is the author if the critically acclaimed Faith of Our Mothers, a book about the mothers of American presidents, and The Upset That Wasn’t , a unique account of the dramatic 1948 victory of Harry S. Truman over Thomas E. Dewey. Following a successful career in advertising, Gullan returned to school to earn his doctorate in history, in 1988. Since that time, he has served as a visiting professor at four major universities, and has written and spoken extensively about the American experience.

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