Secret Lives of the U.S. Presidents: What Your Teachers Never Told you About the Men of The White House
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!
resort to cruelty in pursuit of his interests. While practicing law as a Tennessee prosecutor, he once cold-cocked a stubborn tax dodger with a piece of wood. As a military commander, he frequently executed those who disobeyed orders or displayed mutinous behavior. During the Creek War in 1813, an entire brigade of his men—officers included—threatened to march back north to Tennessee, exhausted by the campaigning and nearly starving for lack of proper provisions. Jackson promptly rode his horse
seemed made for the job. An economic boom during his first term helped him crush Adlai Stevenson again in 1956, and Ike maintained a high approval rating. But Eisenhower had planted a terrible seed whose blossom would loom large over his successors: Part of his containment policy involved sending a small group of military advisors to a little-known corner of the world called Vietnam. WHERE DID WE GO WRONG WITH THAT BOY? Eisenhower’s parents were members of a fundamentalist religious sect known
that she was a crazy eccentric that put the matter to rest. As for Pamela Turnure, she later became Jackie Kennedy’s press secretary (and, again, JFK’s sometime bedmate). Kennedy had a long and torrid affair with a divorcée named Judith Campbell Exner—who also happened to be the girlfriend of Sam Giancana, head of the Chicago mafia. JFK stopped seeing her only after the FBI informed the president of her mob connections. During the spring and summer of 1962, President Kennedy began seeing Ellen
encouraging: “I can’t remember what I did.” Hmmm. GIVING ’EM THE BUSINESS George W. Bush is the first president to have an M.B.A. But though he’s a rich man, his business dealings seem rather unimpressive, if not downright suspicious. Dubya founded Arbusto, his Texas oil and gas exploration firm, in 1977. The start-up money came from some very wealthy guys who apparently wanted to get in tight with Dubya’s father, the other George Bush, who was by now a Washington bigwig. But despite some
Grecians.” “There is madmen in the world, and there are terror.” “My education message will resignate among all parents.” “There’s an old saying in Tennessee—I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee—that says, fool me once, shame on—shame on you. Fool me—you can’t get fooled again.” “There’s no doubt in my mind that we should allow the world’s worst leaders to hold America hostage, to threaten our peace, to threaten our friends and allies with the world’s worst weapons.” “I promise you I