#FridayReads: Presidential

Considering it’s inauguration day, our #FridayReads selections had to be about US presidential history. Check out these books, all about United States Presidents. 


Dark History of the American Presidents

9781782740278Detailing the disgraces of all 44 Presidents, from sexual skirmishes to CIA cover-ups, Dark History of the American Presidents covers every dirty deed committed behind the White House fence, from financial profiteering and insider trading to illicit bugging of the opposition. The book also tells the story of a nation’s advancement: from post Revolutionary days of anti-monarchy and slavery, through the bitter strife of internal wars, reconstruction, boom and the Depression, to the United States’ emergence onto the world stage as a superpower. Using reproductions of portraits in oil, period caricature and cartoons, as well as telling photojournalism, this book reveals the true face behind the most powerful job in the world.
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Dallas 50 Years On

9781625450012JFK had won the Presidency in 1960 by a razor thin majority, and his reelection campaign for 1964 was expected to be as close. He began it in November 1963 with a kick-off multi-city, four-day swing across the important state of Texas. It was going unexpectedly well when shots were fired into his triumphant motorcade in downtown Dallas that ripped history apart, changing it forever The assassination of American President John F. Kennedy in 1963 came at the very height of both the Cold War following the Second World War and the Pax Americana that was thought to exist at the war’s conclusion in 1945. The United States and its allies possessed a far greater number of nuclear weapons than their Soviet adversaries, but the latter could unleash World War 3 and a nuclear Armageddon that would destroy them all. The sudden and totally unexpected murder in broad daylight in an American city of one of the most popular presidents in history was the murder mystery of the 20th century. The Cold War could have become hot and nuclear within minutes. The murderer had to be found and vital questions had to be answered quickly. Who did it, why and who ordered Kennedy’s assassination? Was the deed part of a conspiracy: foreign, domestic or both? Were none of the these questions part of the bloody puzzle and was it entirely possible that only one man was responsible? The questions remain to this very day and Dallas Fifty Years On: The Murder of John F. Kennedy reveals sensational new evidence, eyewitness accounts and top secret documentation.
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White House Wit, Wisdom and Wisecracks

9780957379282In January 2013, Barack Obama was sworn in for a second term as the 44th President of the United States of America. The only African-American to occupy the White House, this charismatic and eloquent leader is carrying on a rich tradition of oratory which started with the Founding Fathers of the 18th century.
This comprehensive collection of witty one-liners, historic pronouncements, personal insights and philosophical musings should contain something for everyone. It goes without saying that you will find the goofs and gaffes of more recent incumbents of the office, but what clearly emerges from the more serious quotations in this compilation is how many of the problems faced by the earliest Presidents still resonate today. When George Washington said “Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom”, Andrew Jackson admitted “I have always been afraid of banks” and Herbert Hoover declared “Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt”, they could have been talking of 21st-century crises.
In our 24-hour TV news and internet world, how would the earliest leaders have stood up to scrutiny? More than a few Presidents were wooden and unsuited to the Oval Office, while others were the cream of their generation and could have succeeded in whatever career they chose.
Some quotations have become beacons of inspiration – like these pearls of wisdom:
Thomas Jefferson’s drafting of the Declaration of Independence: ” – that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
JFK’s timeless exhortation: “My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.”
As Commanders-in-Chief, Presidents are in charge of the most powerful armed forces ever known, yet humor is often their best weapon.
Harry S. Truman: “You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog.”
Ronald Reagan: “I have left orders to be awakened at any time in case of national emergency – even if I’m in a Cabinet meeting.”
Barack Obama: “I’m so over-exposed I’m making Paris Hilton look like a recluse.”
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Redemption Song

9781905483716In little more than four years, Barack Obama rose from political obscurity to become the 44th president of the United States. His election win in November 2008 was a moment of enormous historical magnitude, greeted with an outpouring of emotion in the US and around the world. However, on taking office, Obama was faced with unparalleled challenges as the global economy plunged ever-deeper into crisis and the US struggled with the two wars in which it was enmeshed.
In Redemption Song, Niall Stanage tells the extraordinary tale of Obama’s journey from community organizer in Chicago to leader of the free world through exclusive interviews with some of the new president’s oldest friends and closest advisors. He explores the then-senator’s long and acrimonious tussle with Hillary Clinton, sheds new light on his battle with John McCain and running mate Sarah Palin, and hears from the members of the grassroots movement that carried Obama all the way to the Oval Office. He also provides an intimate account of the first phase of the Obama presidency, reporting from within the White House walls on the new Administration’s first tests, triumphs and tribulations.
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