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Combing Through the White House - by Theodore Pappas (Hardcover)

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  • Discover a fascinating and novel look at the U.S. presidents, the first families, and American history--all through the lens of hair.
  • Author(s): Theodore Pappas
  • 256 Pages
  • History, United States


About the Book

A delightfully novel look at American history with photographs and illustrations, Combing Through the White House by encyclopedia editor Theodore Pappas explores how hair has not only affected the lives and legacies of the men and women surrounding the presidency, but has even changed the political landscape of the country.

Book Synopsis

Discover a fascinating and novel look at the U.S. presidents, the first families, and American history--all through the lens of hair. With meticulous detail, engaging storytelling, and full-color visuals, encyclopedia editor Theodore Pappas combs through American history, teasing out long-forgotten and little-known ways that hair has influenced the presidency and the public and private lives, personal scandals, and tragedies of the men and women who have occupied the White House.

Go deep into the history of such topics as:

  • Abraham Lincoln's famously ridiculed appearance and the surprising role hair played in both his presidency and assassination
  • John F. Kennedy's connection to James Bond and how hair factored into his vast image-making and infidelities
  • The lush tradition of collecting hair as a way of honoring leaders, remembering our loved ones, and preserving their memories
  • Scientific hair analysis and how DNA has been used to solve long-standing presidential mysteries
  • The connection of hair to the lives, loves, scandals, and tragedies that shaped presidents, first ladies, and the nation at large

This unique window into the past shines entertaining new light on the decisions, relationships, and tragedies that have shaped the role of the president and the place of the U.S. in the world. Whether you're interested in presidential trivia or historical mysteries, Combing Through the White House personalizes the past through an element of life we can all relate to--hair--giving us new glimpses into our country and even ourselves.

Review Quotes

'A talented writer presents a uniquely entertaining and edifying cultural history of the U.S. presidency via hair... The delightful snippets of presidential and U.S. history that Pappas has assembled in this engaging book entertain and inform. A thoroughly fun read for a wide audience.'--Kirkus

'Entrepreneurs see things that others miss. They leverage the past for a better tomorrow-and with his entrepreneurial approach to history, Theodore Pappas will help you see our country clearer, like wiping hair away from your eyes.'--Jason Feifer, editor in chief of Entrepreneur magazine and author of Build for Tomorrow

'Theodore Pappas has written an erudite, witty, eminently charming book on a subject with surprising richness and depth. This is cultural history at its most entertaining, by turns moving and salacious. As Pappas ably demonstrates, a person's hair-especially when that person happens to be the most powerful man in the free world-is the product of so much more than a comb and a cut.'--Sudip Bose, editor of The American Scholar

'Theodore Pappas's book does two things brilliantly. First, you'll learn surprising facts that will keep you busy at cocktail parties for the next century or two. Second, you'll see the world through a clarifying new lens. Because hair is everywhere. Hair weaves (sorry) its way into everything from politics, religion, literature, and identity. You'll never look at history-or the protein filaments on the top of people's heads-the same way again.'--A. J. Jacobs, New York Times bestselling author of The Know-It- All and The Year of Living Biblically

'With his novel perspective, engaging prose, and entertaining eye for detail, Theodore Pappas has combed through the White House and teased out moving, little-known tales about our 'heads of state, ' First Families, and country at large. Documentary producers would be wise to take note.'--Karen and Howard Baldwin, producers of the Academy Award-winning film Ray
Dimensions (Overall): 9.0 Inches (H) x 7.0 Inches (W)
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 256
Genre: History
Sub-Genre: United States
Publisher: Harper Celebrate
Theme: 20th Century
Format: Hardcover
Author: Theodore Pappas
Language: English
Street Date: August 20, 2024
TCIN: 90412446
UPC: 9781400246151
Item Number (DPCI): 247-42-6698
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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Estimated ship dimensions: 1 inches length x 7 inches width x 9 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 1 pounds
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