Item description for Secret Lives of the U.S. Presidents (Secret Lives) by Monika Suteski...
Murder, Gambling, Adultery, UFOs—And The White House?!?
Your high school history teachers never gave you a book like this one! Secret Lives of the U.S. Presidents features outrageous and uncensored profiles of the men in the White House—complete with hundreds of little-known, politically incorrect, and downright wacko facts. You’ll discover that:
• George Washington spent a whopping 7% of his salary on booze • John Quincy Adams loved to skinny-dip in the Potomac River • Gerald Ford once worked as a Cosmopolitan magazine cover model • Warren G. Harding gambled with White House china when he ran low on cash • Jimmy Carter reported a UFO sighting in Georgia • And Richard Nixon . . . sheesh, don’t get us started on Nixon!
With chapters on everyone from George Washington to G. W. Bush, Secret Lives of the U.S. Presidents tackles all the tough questions that other history books are afraid to ask: How many of these guys were cheating on their wives? Are there really secret tunnels underneath the White House? And what was Nancy Reagan thinking when she appeared on Diff’rent Strokes? American history was never this much fun in school! Cormac O’Brien is also the author of Secret Lives of the First Ladies and Secret Lives of the Civil War. He lives in New Jersey.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.9" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.8" Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Release Date Dec 1, 2003
Publisher Quirk Books
ISBN 1931686572 ISBN13 9781931686570 UPC 082345365723
Reviews - What do customers think about Secret Lives of the U.S. Presidents (Secret Lives)?
Where's my stuff? Jun 25, 2008
I ordered two (2) copies of Secret Lives of the US Presidents, which I never received. I did receive two copies of Radical Son by David Horowitz. When I inquired about this via email, your company said this was "gifted" to me. I thank you; my billing statement will or won't confirm that. I am still waiting for two (2) copies of Secret Lives of the US Presidents. I know the book is great, but there has been some confusion in delivery, and I would appreciate correction. Thanks for your inquiry. Kim Christie
Knee-Jerk Reading Apr 16, 2008
Nearly as interesting as this charming book was a read through its this site reviews. While SECRET LIVES is certainly praised herein, it's also lambasted for being too partisan left, or partisan right, or for not being titillating enough.
Yeesh. It must be hard to read a book when one's knee is jerking involuntarily.
One of the most critical (and currently highlighted) reader reviews takes issue with author O'Brien's research, citing the controversy of Thomas Jefferson siring children with his slave, Sally Hemmings. There is no controversy about this any longer; in 1998, geneticists proved a DNA link between Jefferson's and Hemmings' descendants.
While other male members of the Jefferson family might have accounted for this, an impressively extensive report done by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation found that "it is VERY UNLIKELY that Randolph Jefferson or any Jefferson other than Thomas Jefferson was the father of [Hemmings'] children." (Capitalization mine.)
Sorry to be so specific; in a more general vein, I found this book to be a perfect nighttime read, very funny, and a great refresher course on our presidents. Equal space is given to all, and as that allows obscure leaders like Franklin Pierce the spotlight, I was all for it.
Informative book but not very interesting. Jan 27, 2008
When you think of secret lives of the the president you want to know all the dirt. Unfortunately this book does not deliver that. Very informative about details on the presidents that are not widely known, but not as interesting as I had hoped.
Could Not Put This Book Down Sep 26, 2007
This is the most interesting book that I have ever read. Perhaps that is because I like politics and our presidents. But, every American should learn about their leaders, past and present.
Every now and then, the author exposes his liberal bias. What else would we expect from a presidential historian? If this offends you, read the book anyway. The author really criticizes, and praises, presidents of all parties.
I believe this author on most points as I have read some of his revelations elswwhere. And I have lived to witness our last 12 presidents, from Franklin D. Roosevelt until now.
You may learn as I did, that we have had just a few really good presidents. And a bunch of misfits. I believe the author correctly revealed that.
I recommend that anyone who cares about their country read this book.
Its a great gift Aug 23, 2007
i bought this as a gift for someone who enjoys presidential history, it presents all of our country's presidents in a playful light and has lots and lots of facts that are interesting, as well as nice little sketches of each of them. Its also a great bathroom reader type of book. Thumbs up