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The Greatest Presidential Stories Never Told: 100 Tales from History to Astonish, Bewilder, and Stupefy (The Greatest Stories Never Told) Hardcover – October 16, 2007

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About the Author

Rick Beyer is the author of the popular Greatest Stories Never Told book series, and an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work has been seen on The History Channel, A&E, and National Geographic Channel. He is also an accomplished speaker who inspires and entertains audiences around the country. He lives with his wife in Lexington, Massachusetts.

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Product Details

  • Series: The Greatest Stories Never Told
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition (October 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060760184
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060760182
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rick Beyer is an award winning documentary filmmaker, best-selling author, and long-time history enthusiast. He is the co-author (with Liz Sayles) of the forthcoming book The Ghost Army of World War II: How One Top-Secret Unit Deceived the Enemy with Inflatable Tanks, Sound Effects, and Other Audacious Fakery. It will be published by Princeton Architectural Press in April, 2014.

The book details the story of a top-seccret group of World War II GIs who staged a traveling road show of deception on the battlefields of Europe. Many were artists destined for illustrious post-war art careers, including fashion designer Bill Blass and painter Ellsworth Kelly. The book contains hundreds of paintings, sketches, photographs, maps, and anecdotes from more than 25 veterans of this extraordinary unit.

Beyer has spent nearly a decade researching this story. His award-winning documentary film about the unit, The Ghost Army, premiered on PBS in 2013. The San Francisco Chronicle called the film "mezmerizing," while TV Guide referred to it as "entrancing."

Beyer has also produced documentary films for The History Channel, A&E, National Geographic, the Smithsonian and others. He is the author of the popular Greatest Stories Never Told series of history books published by Harper Collins, and described by the Chicago Tribune as "an old fashioned sweetshop full of tasty morsels." He has also worked as a radio reporter, a TV news producer, an ad agency creative director, and a janitor (not in that order).

A graduate of Dartmouth College, Beyer lives in Lexington, Massachusetts, with his wife, Marilyn Rea Beyer.

"I am a lifelong student of history, I have been interested in it as long as I can remember--probably thanks to my dad, who is also a long time history enthusiast. When I was a boy my parents bought me a set of those Time-Lie history books loaded with heroic color illustrations. They captured my imagination and never let go."

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Do you know the story of the little girl who convinced Abraham Lincoln to grow a beard, or the story about the woman who became President?

If you have not heard these stories, "The Greatest Presidential Stories Never Told" by Rick Beyer is a must read for you!!

Rick Beyer is a history enthusiast and has done work on several programs presented on the History Channel. In his book, he has compiled Presidential stories to whet the appetite of the reader for more. And in addition to all the information included in the book, the author provides a list of resources where the reader can obtain more information.

Did you know that Gerald Ford once worked as a model and helped found one of the Country's leading modelling agency? Or the story about the sheep that once lived on the White House lawn?

Did you know that although Thomas Jefferson was "the greatest inventor who ever lived in the White House", he was not the one President to ever obtain a patent for one of his inventions?

Did you know that only one President was ever given a speeding ticket? Or that George Washington was not our first President?

These are but a few of the stories included in this very entertaining book. Rick Beyer has done a great job of collecting these stories and putting them to paper.

"The Greatest Presidential Stories Never Told" is very well written and enhanced with lots of great photographs. It is interesting, informative, educational, and altogether a great read!
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As a history lover, I was immediately drawn to this book. It is filled with little know facts about Presidents of the United States. If you love history, learning new facts about historical heroes, you will love this book. I was amazed at the wonderful stories about presidents that I had not previously known. They were both entertaining and Interesting. This book has stories on President Lincoln, Washington, Jefferson as well as others. You will not want to put this book down until you are finished reading it so grab a soda and get cozy and begin your journey into the lives of the Presidents. You will smile, laugh and say "Wow I did not know that" while reading it. What happened on the Mayflower in 1620 that affected many peoples lives as well as three presidents? You can find the answer to this question as well as many more in book, The Greatest Presidential Stories Never Told.

The Author, Rick Beyer is not new to writing wonderful historical books. He has previously written "The Greatest Storied Never Told" as well as "The Greatest War Stories Never Told". Rick is a lifelong history enthusiast as well as an award winning documentary producer for The History Channel.

The Greatest Stories Never Told series has great reviews:

"An old-fashioned sweetshop, full of tasty morsels" The Chicago Tribune

"Stories you haven't heard but will delight in knowing" Denver Rocky Mountain News

"Just when we were certain that we knew everything about everything, Rick Beyer comes along and ruins it" The Army Times

I truly enjoyed this book. And recommend it to everyone who loves history. With story titles such as Teddy Bear, Mail Call, as well as my favorite, Man Overboard, you will not be bored. It was well written and easy to get drawn into. My opinion of these presidents will never be the same. Now I will think of these stories each time I hear their names in print.
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Get your lists ready for the Holiday gift-giving season because now you have another excellent book to give:

Rick Beyer's The Greatest Presidential Stories Never Told:100 Tales from History to Astonish, Bewilder, and Stupefy.

Warning: Guard this book with your life. This is a book that people WILL steal.

Written in an easy-to-read style, Beyer delivers fascinating facts about US presidents most of us have never before read.

QUESTION: Do you think a small girl influenced Abraham Lincoln to change his appearance? Did he always wear a beard?

QUESTION: Do you know the name of the man who was president before George Washington?

QUESTION: Do you know the man who was president for a day?

QUESTION: Have you ever been to Wessyington, D.C.? (And you thought the city got its name from George, didn't you?)

QUESTION: We are all familiar with the practice of the Presidential handshake: the President presses the flesh of those around him, regardless of social stature. Was it always this way? Do you know what social custom existed before the handshake? Do you know that the handshake is another shining example of American democracy? And, as a bonus, do you know which early President inaugurated the practice of shaking hands?

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Here is a gem from Beyer's book, from one of Boston's (or, should I say, from one of Quincy's own boys:)

John Quincy Adams was regarded as a straitlaced president, in nearly all regards. He did, however, make a habit of skinny dipping in the Potomac.

"New York political leader Thurlow Weed wanted to see one of the sunrise swims for himself. He secretly observed the president leaving the White House one morning before daybreak.
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