The classic Quirk compendium of presidential biographies is back, revised just in time to include America's newest commander in chief. With presidential politics at a fever pitch these days, it's hard to keep fact from fiction--but throughout the history of our country, our leaders have had lives way weirder, quirkier, and more checkered than anything the opposition can sling. 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 President #45, whoever he (or she!) may be, 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! A rejacketed and updated version of a perennial Quirk backlist favorite New chapter will feature whoever the next president is--we'll be ready to hit the presses as soon as the votes are tallied! Great fun nonfiction reading for the casual history buff...way easier and more lively to read than David McCullough or Robert Caro


  • 304 pages
  • 5.25 x 8 inches
  • 4 colors
  • Paperback

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