Presidential Diversions

Presidential Diversions

Presidents at Play From George Washington to George W. Bush

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Houghton
Paul F. Boller, Jr.’s widely admired and bestselling anecdotal histories have uncovered new aspects and hidden dimensions in the lives of our presidents. Now he turns to an unchartedbut unexpectedly revealingelement of our leaders’ personalities as he brings us stories of what the presidents did for fun.

In thumbnail portraits of every president through George W. Bush, Boller chronicles their taste in games, sports, and cultural activities. George Washington had a passion for dancing and John Quincy Adams skinny-dipped in the Potomac; Grover Cleveland loved beer gardens and Woodrow Wilson made a failed effort to write fiction; Calvin Coolidge cherished his afternoon naps, as did Lyndon Johnson his four-pack-a-day cigarette habit; Jimmy Carter was a surprisingly skilled high diver and Bush Senior loved to parachute. The sketches revitalize even the most familiar of our leaders, showing us a new side of our presidentsand their presidencies.



Baker & Taylor
Offers a new look inside the lives of America's chief executives to explore what every president has done for fun, chronicling their individual tastes in sports, games, and cultural activities.

Harcourt Publishing
Paul F. Boller, Jr.’s widely admired and bestselling anecdotal histories have uncovered new aspects and hidden dimensions in the lives of our presidents. Now he turns to an uncharted—but unexpectedly revealing—element of our leaders’ personalities as he brings us stories of what the presidents did for fun.

In thumbnail portraits of every president through George W. Bush, Boller chronicles their taste in games, sports, and cultural activities. George Washington had a passion for dancing and John Quincy Adams skinny-dipped in the Potomac; Grover Cleveland loved beer gardens and Woodrow Wilson made a failed effort to write fiction; Calvin Coolidge cherished his afternoon naps, as did Lyndon Johnson his four-pack-a-day cigarette habit; Jimmy Carter was a surprisingly skilled high diver and Bush Senior loved to parachute. The sketches revitalize even the most familiar of our leaders, showing us a new side of our presidents—and their presidencies.



Book News
Boller (emeritus, Texas Christian U.), the author of several anecdotal presidential histories, enlightens us on US presidents' leisure time activities and how these reflect their personas. Diversions range from George Washington's love of dancing to sports-loving recent presidents. The author relates which White House occupants were serious readers, movie or music fans. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Baker
& Taylor

The author of Presidential Anecdotes offers a new look inside the lives of America's chief executives as he examines what every president has done for fun, chronicling their individual tastes in sports, games, and cultural activities, from George Washington's love of dancing and John Quincy Adams's skinny-dipping in the Potomac to George Bush's penchant for parachuting and beyond.

Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780151006120
0151006121
Branch Call Number: 973.0992 B6385p 2007
Characteristics: xi, 419 p. ; 24 cm

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