Secret Lives of the U.S. Presidents: What Your Teachers Never Told you About the Men of The White House

Secret Lives of the U.S. Presidents: What Your Teachers Never Told you About the Men of The White House

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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 Barack Obama, 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!



















borders all the way to the Pacific Ocean. The concept had become so popular that most Americans didn’t give a damn who or what stood in the way of their pancontinental ambitions. In such an environment, Polk was the man of the hour, a leader convinced of his nation’s destiny and its right to exercise force to make it happen. The new president eyed California the way a glutton eyes a buffet, and he was determined to get it at any cost. That cost, ultimately, would be war—California, after all,

Buchanan did . . . nothing. Nothing at all. Held captive by a legalistic belief that stopping secession was unconstitutional, he embraced his lame-duck status and waited till Lincoln took the reins. To his dying day, James Buchanan insisted that posterity would vindicate his troubled decisions (or lack thereof). As most historians now agree, he was wrong. **************************************** FUSSBUDGET BLUES By all accounts, James Buchanan was a pedantic meddler who needed things to be

in between: Though his administration was beset by a level of corruption unprecedented in American history, Grant’s commitment to empowering freed African Americans and making peace with the Plains Indians makes him stand out as a courageous national leader. His foreign policy was mostly a success (particularly in patching things up with Great Britain after the Civil War, which had strained the two nations’ relationship), and he masterfully thwarted an attempt by financial buccaneers to corner

sort of debilitating sickness (perhaps epilepsy), which would account for much of her aversion to public appearances. JULIA GARDINER TYLER: This second wife of the tenth president was by all accounts a high-spirited beauty. Born and raised in East Hampton, Long Island, she was thirty years her husband’s junior and would go on to bear seven of his fifteen children. She was fond of being addressed as “Mrs. Presidentress” and held receptions at the White House in which she was seated on a dais

always remained on the lookout for eager photographers—whose cameras were quickly knocked to the ground. At House Speaker William Bankhead’s funeral in 1940, the street outside was actually raised to the same level as the church floor so that Roosevelt could seem to walk in under his own power. The president didn’t always need help, though—especially when he was driving one of the cars he had specially fitted with hand controls to let him speed about with impunity. TOUGH TARGET In February

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