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Presidential Trivia Paperback – February 28, 1996
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Turns out my knowledge of presidential facts wasn't as good as I had thought. This volume is full of information that surprised me and everyone around me. I learned a ton from this book and was able to stump those who knew more about American history than I did including some history teachers! I read this whenever I have the chance not only to keep sharp on my knowledge, but also to pick up more information.
This is a must-have for anyone who likes the presidents or American history in general. You won't be disappointed and you'll definitely learn a lot about the past rulers of the country!
The book is in question and answer format, so readers will be treated to nearly 200 pages of a Q&A format. There's no narrative drive, and no real logical progression to the questions either. The book is divided into
four sections: Life Before Presidency (trivia about the backgrounds of presidents), Executing the Office (trivia about happenings while the subject was president), Presidential Households (trivia about families, first ladies), and Presidential Miscellanea (trivia that doesn't clearly fall under other categories). Most of the questions are phrased coherently, but I couldn't help but feel as if they could be reworded to be more fun. For example, instead of asking "Where was John F. Kennedy born?", you could ask "What president was born in Brookline, Massachusetts?". Sure, it makes the question easier, but it also leaves some room for deduction -- if you don't know Brookline, Mass, then there's no way to actually solve it without knowing it from rote memory. But hey, that's just my preference.
The content of this book goes back and forth from the hopelessly obscure to the old classics. PRESIDENTIAL TRIVIA was copyrighted in 1996, so there's no trivia on George W. Bush or Barack Obama. That means you'll miss out on at least one neat piece of trivia: What two presidents share a middle name?***
I would recommend this book to trivia buffs that are hungry for presidential knowledge -- there's sure to be several entries here that you haven't stumbled across yet!
*Chester A. Arthur
**Osage Reservation, Pawhuska
***George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush
I LIFE BEFORE THE PRESIDENCY
II EXECUTING THE OFFICE
III PRESIDENTIAL HOUSEHOLDS
IV PRESIDENTIAL MISCELLANEA
PRESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES
What I find really good about these bits of trivia,is that the answer is given right along with the question;insteaad at the "back of the book" ,which is the way thingsre usually done.
All in all there are over 1,200 unusual,interesting and little known facts.
Just to give you an idea of the interesting trivia you'll find,here are a few;
Who was the first presidents to visit all fifty states?
Who was the first president to have his oath of office administered by a woman?
Which president had only $90 in cash when he left the presidency at age 70?
After the Civil War,who was the first president to be elected from the Deep South?
On March 24,1970,President Richard Nixon signed into law a measure which basnned the advertising of vwhat consumer product on radio or
What candy bar is said to have been named for the popular infant daughter of President Grover Cleveland?
At age 21,who was the vyoungest first lady?
Which first lady was the first to conduct a televised tour of the White House.
Including Jacqueline Kennedy,how many first ladies,either former or future,attended John F. Kennedy's inauguration?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This trivia book is really interesting. I learned many things about our Presidents I had never even heard about before. Read morePublished on July 23, 2013 by MisterSega
This book is a helpful resource for social studies teachers who like to entertain and enhance student learning beyond the textbook.Published on January 23, 2013 by Donald Roland
The book came in excellent condition and in a very timely fashion. I would have no hesitation in doing business with this seller again in the future.Published on April 25, 2010 by M. Rick