Homes and Libraries of the Presidents (McDonald & Woodward Guide to the American Landscape)

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Homes and Libraries of the Presidents identifies, describes, and provides sources of additional information to almost one hundred homes, libraries, and museums that commemorate one or more of the presidents of the United States. Each president's life and home is put into personal and historical context. The book has three sections and contains 121 b&w figures and 37 color plates.

Section one provides an overview of the historical significance of presidential homes and museums, discusses restoration and preservation efforts, and traces the federal governments' role, through the National Park Service and the National Archives, in administering and maintaining these sites.

Section two-the most extensive part of the book-presents short anecdotal biographies of each President, followed by a description of the relevant home, museum or library sites. Basic location and access information is also provided for each site.

Section three identifies sources of additional information related to the theme of the book, as well as a list of presidential birthplaces, burial sites, and other attractions associated with the presidents.

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After spending 42 years in the advertising and broadcasting industry, where he worked with such television icons as Groucho Marx, Johnny Carson, and Milton Berle; and spending twelve yearsas censor for "Saturday Night Live" -William Clotworthy retired and began to travel, to lecture, and to write. Now he turns his attention to identifying and describing sites commemorating American presidents-a subject of his own personal interest and one for which he found a lack of solid information as he began his travels across the country. Clotworthy is the author of two books, Homes and Libraries of the Presidents and Presidential Sites: A Directory of Places associated with Presidents of the United States.

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History buffs will cherish this well-detailed and -illustrated guide to the places where U.S. presidents were born, lived, are buried, and where applicable, have their archives housed. -- Booklist, April 15, 1996

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