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Democracy's Big Day: The Inauguration of Our President, 1789-2013 Hardcover – January 20, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 220 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (January 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936236427
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936236428
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,503,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A very interesting and enjoyable read.
MichaelG
Each chapter is charmingly witty and includes valuable illustrations that enhance the text to make the reader feel that moment in time.
Anya Markarian
And of course highly recommended for history buffs.
Mark Donovan

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jon Hunt on December 26, 2012
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There couldn't be a better book to read in advance of President Obama's second inauguration than Jim Bendat's new release, "Democracy's Big Day". What a gift for our national history.

Early on, the author spells out the reasons for not approaching things chronologically and this works very much to the advantage of the book. They are nicely outlined with regard to how inauguration days are delivered to the American public. There are so many wonderful bits of trivia which include Andrew Johnson's drunkeness at the 1865 inauguration of the man he was about to succeed, to the cold shoulder automobile ride of Hoover and FDR in 1933, to the long walk down Pennsylvania Avenue by the Carters in 1977. But those are public moments...Bendat also gives us the private ones.

One bit I would like to include if the author follows through with another book on the coming inauguration. I remember as an eleven-year-old watching LBJ's swearing-in in 1965. I was amazed to see that neither the president, nor Chief Justice Earl Warren, raised their right hands to begin the ceremony. (This can be seen on a youtube clip). It wasn't until Johnson got to the word "execute" did he raise his right hand and soon after, Warren did the same. The photo in this book captures the few seconds inbetween. Also, during those few seconds, the Chief Justice uttered the words "the office of presidency", not "the office of the president", which is in the official oath.

"Democracy's Big Day" is a joy to read and I think about it as a book which parents could quickly read and sit down with their children to tell them what is happening on that big day just down the road. I highly recommend this book and encourage readers to read it before January 20. It will give you an added perspective of the unfolding events.
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By Donna on February 24, 2013
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I love books that give the "behind the scenes" stories and history. This was well worth it, I just wish the book came in large print for my 92 year old mother...she would love it.
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Format: Hardcover
Even for a person who doesn't like politics, this book is a great read. Bendat delivers interesting anecdotes about Inauguration Days from the entire history of the US in an entertaining and engaging way. He doesn't try to sell the reader on an agenda or slant the material in any way; he just gives you great stories about a great American ceremony.
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By MichaelG on June 7, 2012
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Read Mr. Bendat's insightful book. The stories, anecdotes and general history make you live the history of this country. People think about what happens every four years. Mr. Bendat makes it come alive. A very interesting and enjoyable read.
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More About the Author

Jim Bendat is one of the nation's leading experts on presidential inauguration history. He has worked as a television correspondent at the last three presidential inaugurations, and has been featured as an inaugural historian by all major networks in the United States, Great Britain and Canada.