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Presidential Retreats: Where the Presidents Went and Why They Went There [Paperback]

Peter Hannaford
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Like Kenneth Walsh’s From Mount Vernon to Crawford (2005), this tome dwells where U.S. presidents dwelt whenever they escaped from the capital, at their getaway places. Hannaford describes the refuges of every chief executive and supplies information for touring them if they are open to the public; not all are. The first purpose-built retreat, Hannaford explains, was Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Grove, a place to which he traveled to avoid Monticello’s visitors. This was the pattern for the first century of presidents. They would repair to home in their native states. Lincoln, though, was an exception; he found a country cottage near Washington (see Lincoln’s Sanctuary, by Matthew Pinsker, 2003). After the Civil War, Long Branch, New Jersey, attracted half-a-dozen presidents to its seaside breezes. With Herbert Hoover, presidential vacation spots became a perk of office. He built the first official haven, which FDR didn’t like, so he built the place Ike later renamed Camp David. With summaries of each president’s incumbency, Hannaford’s work may most interest readers inclined to visit a presidential home or vacation place. --Gilbert Taylor


“In Presidential Retreats, Peter Hannaford explores the places throughout history where our nation’s leaders have kicked up their feet. The result is an engaging book in which each president gets a chapter summarizing his time in office, complete with anecdotes about his private retreat.” (Washington Post Book World)

"Hannaford brings everything up to date...with a pleasing format and anecdotes catering to Americans’ taste for history and tradition." --Publishers Weekly

"An enjoyable and insightful look at an often overlooked topic." (The Washington Times)

"Breezily written and enjoyable, this book opens up a different perspective on the presidency." (Kirkus)

About the Author

Peter Hannaford is president of Hannaford Enterprises, Inc., a public relations/public affairs consultancy he founded in 1998. He also is a senior counselor for APCO Worldwide, a large public affairs/strategic communications firm based in Washington. In Ronald Reagan’s 1976 presidential nomination campaign Hannaford was co-director of issues and research; in the 1980 campaign, senior communications adviser to Reagan. Hannaford is the author of numerous articles and eleven published books.
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