Secret Lives of the U.S. Presidents: Strange Stories and Shocking Trivia from Inside the White House

Secret Lives of the U.S. Presidents: Strange Stories and Shocking Trivia from Inside the White House

by Cormac O'Brien

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Overview

Includes all-new chapter about the 45th POTUS, Donald J. Trump.

This updated and redesigned edition of Secret Lives of the U.S. Presidents features outrageous and uncensored profiles of our commanders in chief—complete with hundreds of little-known, politically incorrect, and downright wacko facts. You’ll discover that:

• Teddy Roosevelt was blinded in a White House boxing match
• 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

With chapters on everyone from George Washington to Donald Trump, Secret Lives of the U.S. Presidents tackles all the tough questions that other history books are afraid to ask: Which president claimed that God struck down Abraham Lincoln on purpose? How many of these folks were cheating on their spouses? And are there really secret tunnels underneath the White House? American history was never this much fun in school!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594744792
Publisher: Quirk Publishing
Publication date: 08/01/2010
Series: Secret Lives , #1
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 39,127
File size: 97 MB
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About the Author

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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Secret Lives of the U. S. Presidents: What Your Teachers Never Told You About the Men of the White House 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really entertaining for those who are interested in learning about the U.S. Presidents! It's not dry, long, and dull like some of the books out there. It gives you interesting facts and trivia about each of the presidents, even the ones we don't even know much about. This is a great read and I recommend it for history buffs, it's a break from all the long books we're so used to reading :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
By turns enlightening: I didn't know George Washington's presidential salary was the equivalent of $ 1 million in today's dollars (without his picture on them). Lurid: (of course) JFK's 'profilgate sex life', Clinton, ad nauseum. Questionably tasteful: one president's frequency of flatulation - [did the Secret Service actually keep count?]. Gossipy: LBJ's penchant for titilating shower sprays. And disgusting: JFK's 'Jack in the Box' reference -- (Kennedy is a big target in O'Brien's sites). This book is predominantly a conventional recitation of accepted facts about American presidents -- couched in a theme appropriate for the National Enquirer or Larry Flynt -- intermixed with some ribald zingers. It is especially suited for the tickleishly prurient (not the academic) in all of us. Bottom line fact it communicates: Presidents are, after all, human -- with all that that implies.
Anonymous 1 days ago
I have no idea what I'm doing
WittyreaderLI on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a fascinating read that gives facts about all of the presidents of the US. But not just your average "they did this and that" facts. More like weird quirks and flaws, scandals, and other interesting tidbits. Did you know that James Tyler had 14 children with two wives? Or that Taft was so overweight that he often got stuck in the tub? This book is a quick, fun and interesting read. I recommend it!
madamejeanie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Now, this is the kind of book I really enjoy reading. Full offascinating obscure facts and written in brief paragraph form so thatyou can pick it up, read a little bit, then lay it down without havingto worry about "catching up" again when you come back to it. It coversevery President from Washington to Bush II, revealing little-knowntidbits and facts I never knew before. It's heavily illustrated withfull page caricatures of each president, detailed stats and factoids,plus some really fascinating insight into what made each one of themtruly tick.I enjoyed it. 5
ASolomon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hooray for this book! It is so much fun as a history major to read. It is the childhood book I always wanted, but was not ready for.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ilike this book for no reason!!!!!!!
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This was in kids history. Why would kids want to read about adulterly XD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it