Presidential Lies: The Illustrated History of White House Golf

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"I thoroughly enjoyed this book." — President George Bush "It's great!" — President Gerald R. Ford JFK hid it from the public. Reagan practiced it on Air Force One. Bush did it in record time. Taft was surprisingly good at it despite his girth. Harding liked a nip before he did it, and scheduled his presidency around it. Passion for golf has infused the Oval Office over the past century. In fact, thirteen of our last sixteen presidents have devoted untold hours to the pursuit of the perfect swing. In Presidential Lies, little-known stories and facts reveal our chief executives' love of the game in a collection that combines history, gossip, and golf in a wonderful read. Shepherd Campbell is a vice president at Golf Digest/Tennis, Inc. Peter Landau, a longtime golfer and collector of golf literature, is the historian of the St. Andrew's Golf Club in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. Visit us online at www.simonandschuster.com

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There is a saying among golfers that if a man cheats in life, he may or may not cheat on the golf course, but if he cheats on the course, it's a gimme that he cheats everywhere. It thus behooves us to check into the golfing etiquette--or lack thereof--of the gentlemen elected to lead the United States, which is precisely what Shepherd Campbell and Peter Landau have done. With the exception of Herbert Hoover, Harry Truman, and Jimmy Carter, every president since William Taft has at least taken a shot at the game, and the way they've approached it reveals much about their character, competence, and ability to maintain a semblance of grace under pressure.

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Shepherd Campbell is a vice president at Golf Digest/Tennis, Inc. Peter Landau, is a longtime golfer and collector of golf literature, is the historian of the St. Andrew's Golf Club in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.

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