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Secret Lives of the U.S. Presidents: What Your Teachers Never Told you About the Men of The White House | [Cormac O'Brien]

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 features outrageous and uncensored profiles of the men in the White House - complete with hundreds of little-known, politically incorrect, and downright wacko facts.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Looking for a grand historical drama in which great men undergo great trials in pursuit of great deeds? Well, this is not that book. The great men in Cormac O’Brien’s survey of America’s presidential pantheon are at their laziest, their craziest, and their strangest. Some of the revelations here are old news - Jefferson’s sexual dalliances with his slaves, for example, or Lincoln’s free hand with pardons for soldiers facing executions. Others are truly startling. (Next time some talk-radio pundit accuses a president of gambling away the country’s money, consider that Warren G. Harding actually bet with the presidential china in poker games!) Not Pulitzer material, but Robin Bloodworth’s sure narration makes this a great choice for a long drive.

Publisher's Summary

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!

©2009 Cormac O'Brien (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes definitely it was very interesting and shed light on an important subject of which I knew less than I had believed!
    It's quite fascinating to hear about the early days of America, and to reflect on how much has changed. Hearing about Calvin Coolidge and how he slept for 2-4 hours every afternoon was probably the funniest topic.
    The story about President Taft's horse also made me laugh out loud.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Teddy Roosevelt


    Which character – as performed by Robin Bloodworth – was your favourite?

    Eleanor Roosevelt


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Betcha didn't know that!


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth a listen, and actually I might buy the book too as there's interesting factual information I'd be interested to retread.

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