Don't Know Much About the Presidents by Kenneth C. Davis

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Did George Washington really chop down the cherry tree?How was James Madison a father if he didn't have any children?Where in the White House did William Howard Taft get stuck?

HAIL TO THE CHIEF! The commander in chief is the leader of our nation the president of the United States. Here's your chance to learn about the presidents' inaugurations and important political achievements, as well as their nicknames, hobbies and even what kind of foods they did (and did not) eat. Discover how life in the White House has changed, and the diverse ways the First Ladies helped America.

Best-selling author Kenneth C. Davis packs fan facts and coot quotes into his signature question-and-answer format. Detailed timelines make it easy to follow the major landmarks in American history. Presidential portraits and humorous illustrations make the design very inviting.

Who knows? After you learn so much about the presidents, maybe you'll want to run for office someday, too!

 

About Kenneth C. Davis

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Kenneth C. Davis is the New York Times bestselling author of "A Nation Rising"; "America's Hidden History"; and "Don't Know Much About-->?--> History", which spent thirty-five consecutive weeks on the "New York Times" bestseller list, sold more than 1.6 million copies, and gave rise to his phenomenal Don't Know Much About-->?--> series for adults and children. A resident of New York City and Dorset, Vermont, Davis frequently appears on national television and radio and has been a commentator on NPR's "All Things Considered". He blogs regularly at www.dontknowmuch.com. Martin is a greeting-card artist for Hallmark.
 
Published January 27, 2009 by HarperColl. 63 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Davis is a playful teacher, too—one who reminds his students that they probably got their first taste of Norse myth watching Bugs Bunny sing the role of Brunhilde in “What’s Opera, Doc?” Specialists in the upper echelons of academia will no doubt find something to grumble about in Davis’s popular...

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Davis occasionally flashes an attitude, taking a shot at one of Michelle Bachmann’s campaign claims about the Founding Fathers and slavery, noting several historical antecedents for our recent financial meltdown, blasting Bush II for Iraq and other messes, and reminding us that President Obama ca...

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Readers may be surprised to learn, for example, that the ratification of the constitution was not ""a sure thing,"" requiring nine of the 13 states' approval (Virginia and New York were two of the holdouts) or that 17 African-American men were elected to Congress between 1869 and 1876.

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by Sergio Martinez, both follow the author's established q&a format and present an abundance of information, both weighty and frivolous, about these important American figures.

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Davis (Don't Know Much About History) attempts to teach us everything we need to know about the Bible but never learned.

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Davis’s latest historical reference explores the presidency as an institution and the individual lives of the men who have served as America’s commander in chief.

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In this presidential election year, bestselling author Davis (Don't Know Much About History) returns with an absorbing take on the American presidency.

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While he is certainly entitled to take umbrage at historical events, selectively or not, Davis's intermittent lapses of objectivity unfortunately result in turning DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT HISTORY into a subjective treatise and casts doubt on the accuracy of what he presents.

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City Book Review

Each of the presidential terms is analyzed by the milestones of the presidency and provides invaluable resources, such as major documents recounting the lives of the Presidents and suggested readings on their lives.

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Deseret News

Davis presents every president from George Washington to Barack Obama in a new book titled "Don't Know Much About the American Presidents" designed to help readers know more about these icons of American history.

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So it's child's play (pardon the pun) for him and illustrator Pedro Martin to bring history to life for children in their new book, Don't Know Much About the Presidents.

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Davis quotes presidential historian Marcus Cunliffe on the American public's outsized expectations of what the president should be: "Could it be," Cunliffe writes, "that Americans have something more dangerous: not an Imperial Presidency or an Imperiled but a plumb Impossible Presidency?"

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