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Cradles of Power : The Mothers and Fathers of the American Presidents (Hardcover) (Harold I. Gullan)
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Why have there been so many books about first ladies and so few about the mothers and fathers of our presidents? Many of us, for better or worse, are shaped by our early life. Heads of state are no exception. In this compact and compelling narrative of truly popular history, Gullan offers insights into the early influences that helped shape our presidents, shedding light into a much neglected corner of history.How many presidential parents were also their son’s best friends? How many were an inspiration, a source of support, a model to emulate? How many were just the opposite?In Cradles of Power, readers will learn the stories of first parents” from Augustine and Mary Washington to Barack Obama, Sr. and Ann Dunham, including:The heroic Elizabeth Jackson, who literally saved her son’s lifeThe beloved senior Theodore Roosevelt, who seemingly founded and funded every worthwhile charity in New YorkThe handsome and unpredictable Jack Reagan, whose drunken blackout one winter night became a pivotal moment for the young RonaldThe pious Mother” McKinley, who wanted her William to become a Methodist bishopThe vibrant Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, whose personal tragedies never stopped her from showing unflagging support for her sons’ campaigns, and the domineering Joseph P. Kennedy who himself aspired to be our first Catholic presidentGullan’s reader-friendly vignettes are sure to fascinate and entertain, but they will also elucidate the formative forces and motivations in the lives of the most powerful men in the nation.
Number of Pages: 379
Genre: Biography + Autobiography
Publisher: Perseus Distribution Services
Author: Harold I. Gullan
Street Date: October 4, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-23-2367
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