First Fathers: The Men Who Inspired Our Presidents

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A compelling introduction to the fathers of America's presidents
After so much literature about first ladies and first families, here finally is a fascinating book focused on the fathers of our presidents. This lively and entertaining account of 44 disparate men reveals how they inspired, motivated, and influenced sons who ultimately ascended to the presidency. They include two who were themselves presidents, John Adams and George H. W. Bush, as well as two stepfathers, those of Gerald Ford and Bill Clinton. First Fathers captures the whole range of the American experience--from utter destitution to immense wealth, from enormous success to abject failure, unified by a common thread--the restless, ambitious, quintessentially American pursuit of happiness.

Harold I. Gullan, PhD (Philadelphia, PA), is a distinguished presidential scholar and the author of the highly praised Faith of Our Mothers, on the mothers of American presidents, and The Upset That Wasn't, on the dramatic 1948 election.

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HAROLD I. GULLAN, PH.D., is the author if the critically acclaimed Faith of Our Mothers, a book about the mothers of American presidents, and The Upset That Wasn’t , a unique account of the dramatic 1948 victory of Harry S. Truman over Thomas E. Dewey. Following a successful career in advertising, Gullan returned to school to earn his doctorate in history, in 1988. Since that time, he has served as a visiting professor at four major universities, and has written and spoken extensively about the American experience.

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If, as some historians have asserted, history is all biography, then it follows that the relationship between important historical figures and their parents is often critical in understanding significant men, women, and their times. Gullan, who serves as visiting professor of history at four universities, previously examined the role of mothers of presidents in Faith of Our Mothers (2001). Here he explores the influence of fathers upon a collection of presidents. Many of the connections, while interesting, hardly seem useful in understanding particular presidents. For example, the fathers of Washington, Jackson, and Lincoln had little direct influence upon their characters, and in some cases that influence was negative rather than inspirational. In the case of Franklin Roosevelt, Nixon, and Clinton, we would be better served by looking at their mothers. Still, the relations between John Adams, McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt and their fathers are particularly interesting as viewed by Gullan. While this is ground previously covered by biographers, this is a useful and generally enjoyable exploration of the formative influences upon these men. Jay Freeman
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