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The President's Table: Two Hundred Years of Dining and Diplomacy.

LANDAU, Barry H.

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ISBN 10: 0060899107 / ISBN 13: 9780060899103
Published by HarperCollins Publishers [2007], New York, 2007
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4to. Red glazed paper over boards with wraparound price-clipped band. ix, 292pp. Extensive color illustrations, decorative endpapers. Fine. A superb and pristine first edition of this sumptuous study, heavily illustrated with White House menus and culinary-related presidential memorabilia -- this copy bearing a huge, bold signature and inscription from the author in blue fineline on the half-title page: "December 2, 2007 / For Donna -- / With admiration to one / of my new HEROES -- / I hope you enjoy / The President's Table / Barry H. Landau / The Franklin D. Roosevelt / Library." "Donna" was presumably a staffer or benefactor to this presidential library. Landau, self-styled "presidential historian," will best be remembered as a thief of presidential documents, for in 2012 he was sentenced to seven years' imprisonment for having stolen thousands of presidential documents from an array of presidential libraries and universities -- including, notably, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library!. Bookseller Inventory # 37914

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Title: The President's Table: Two Hundred Years of ...

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers [2007], New York

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Hardcover

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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The President's Table offers a sweeping visual history of the American Presidency as seen through Presidential entertaining from George Washington to George W. Bush.

In this lavishly illustrated history of Presidential dining, historian Barry Landau brings the backstory of the American Presidency to life. Interweaving stories of dining and diplomacy, he creates a spellbinding narrative from the early days of provincial entertaining in the capital, through the golden era of sumptuous state banquets, to the modern White House dinners of today.

With more than 300 never before seen illustrations, The President's Table provides an insightful and entertaining look at our dining habits as the nation grew through social and economic change. The book reveals the parallel growth of the United States and its Chief Executives, and the diplomatic and political interests served along with Presidential meals. The President's Table will fascinate anyone with an interest in American history and Presidential politics.

About the Author:

Barry H. Landau is a presidential historian and one of the foremost collectors of presidential memorabilia and artifacts. He has served eight Presidents and worked with every White House since Lyndon Johnson's planning historic events. The late Arthur Schlesinger, quoted on Landau's recent book, The President's Table, said that “Landau weaves these previously missing links of Presidential history, into a fascinating tapestry and narrative of Presidential lore. The Washington Post wrote, Landau's “connections that bridge the world of politics, entertainment and theatre”....and built a network of the powerful and famous, creating a niche as a liaison between the world of politics and entertainment.”

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