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All the Presidents' Children: Triumph and Tragedy in the Lives of America's First Families

Wead, Doug

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ISBN 10: 0743446313 / ISBN 13: 9780743446310
Published by Atria Books, New York, 2003
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456, illus., bibliography, source notes, index A former assistant to George W. Bush writes about the sons and daughters of U.S. presidents, including Robert Todd Lincoln, Margaret Truman, John F.Kennedy, Jr., and the Bush twins, and the effect of life with a presidential father on their subsequent careers. Bookseller Inventory # 44781

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Title: All the Presidents' Children: Triumph and ...

Publisher: Atria Books, New York

Publication Date: 2003

Book Condition: very good, very good

Edition: First Edition. First Printing.

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From Abigail "Nabby" Adams to Barbara and Jenna Bush, George Washington Adams to John F. Kennedy, Jr., the children of America's presidents have both suffered and triumphed under the watchful eyes of their powerful fathers and the glare of the ever-changing public. Many, like the children of William Henry Harrison and Andrew Johnson, writhed under the pressure and fought bitter battles with alcoholism and depression only to die young. Others, like Robert Todd Lincoln, Margaret Truman, and Helen Taft Manning, used the privileges granted them to achieve their own success in the worlds of politics, business, and academia. All, however, had to cope with the entirely unique experience of sharing their fathers with the country that called them to leadership and living a life worthy of their place in history. Combining twenty years of study with never-before-published letters and personal accounts from presidential children, Doug Wead has produced a remarkable and authoritative analysis of the extraordinary people born to American presidents throughout history. Stories of outstanding presidential daughters; the eight weddings performed in the White House and what later happened in the marriages; tales of the real and rumored illegitimate children ofthe presidents; a list of presidential children who pursued politics and the five who were almost president themselves; examples of how the pressures of being a celebrity child interrupt the normal desire for intimacy and personal identity; biographies of living presidential children and where they are now -- these are just a few of the historical gems unearthed. Both an entertaining lesson on our nation's history, a study of the problems and solutions of high-achieving parents, and a fascinating look at the father-son dynamics of the current White House, All the Presidents' Children is a must-read for anyone interested in America's most high-profile pedigree.

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DOUG WEAD is a prominent corporate and motivational speaker. In 1980 he cofounded Mercy Corps which has distributed $500 million worth of food and medicine around the world. The author of twenty-six books, he lives near Washington, D.C. with his wife and five children. Visit the author's website: and

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