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My Dear President: Letters Between Presidents and Their Wives

Gawalt, Gerard W., compiler

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ISBN 10: 1579125522 / ISBN 13: 9781579125523
Published by Black Dog & Leventhal Pub, New York, 2005
Condition: Very good Hardcover
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352 pages. Illus., sources, index, some creasing to DJ edges, small scratch on front DJ. Signed by the compiler. The author was, for over 30 years, a curator of the papers of presidential families in the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress. This collection of correspondence between U.S. Presidents and their wives is divided into topics including love, war, politics, travel, and sorrow. Each letter appears in its entirety and is set in historic context. More than half of the letters have never been published before. Bookseller Inventory # 56321

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Title: My Dear President: Letters Between ...

Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Pub, New York

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very good

Dust Jacket Condition: good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition. First Printing.

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"I am very madly in love with you," wrote Lyndon Johnson to his future wife, Bird Taylor. James Madison sent off this plaintive line to his wife Dolley: "Every thing around and within reminds me that you are absent." In this inspiring collection of correspondence between U.S. presidents and their wives are hundreds of unguarded moments of affection, strain, grief, and triumph, revealing as never before the private thoughts and working partnerships of our most public figures. Culled from the holdings of the Library of Congress and various presidential libraries and private collections, it is the most comprehensive compilation of its kind ever put together. More than half of the letters included here have never before been published, making this a historic as well as a heartfelt volume that casts a warm, new light on our leaders at their most open-hearted and vulnerable.

Gerard Gawalt, a curator of presidential papers at the Library of Congress for the past thirty years, has divided the book thematically into such topics as love, war, politics, travel, and sorrow. Each letter appears in its entirety, with the original spelling and grammar intact, and is set in historic context for a full sense of the moment that formed its backdrop. In most cases, exchanges are included, forming an enlightening dialogue between husband and wife. Throughout, historic photographs and artwork from the Library of Congress's collection enhance the text. Like its companion volume, First Daughters, My Dear President is bound to become a cherished gift for all those interested in American history for years to come.

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More than half of the warm and inspiring personal correspondence included here has never before been published, making this a historic as well as a heartfelt compilation that reveals the private side of our most public figures.

This beautiful and fascinating collection of letters, telegrams, cables, memos, and cards between U.S. presidents and their wives has been culled from the Library of Congress and various presidential libraries and private collections. It is the most comprehensive ever put together, and is sure to cast new light on our leaders in their most private and vulnerable moments. Each letter appears in its entirety, with the original spelling and grammar intact, and is set in historic context for a full sense of the moment that formed its backdrop. In most cases, exchanges are included, forming a dialogue between husband and wife.

Gerard W. Gawalt has divided the book thematically into such topics as love, war, politics, travel, and sorrow. Each section is illustrated with handsome and historic artwork from the LOC’s own collection, much of it never before published. Biographies of the correspondents are included, as well as sources for further reading. Like its successful counterpart, First Daughters, My Dear President is bound to become a cherished gift for history buffs for years to come.

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