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In which two years did three different individuals serve as president of the United States? As a young law student, which president broke into the dean's office at Duke University Law School? Who became president of the United States without having been elected president or vice president? Who was nicknamed "Old Man Eloquent"? From the arcane to the textbook, these 1,200 trivia questions are sure to entertain and educate. Broken into four sections--Life Before the Presidency, Executing the Office, Presidential Households, and Presidential Miscellanea--there are a few stumpers on each page, along with amazing, curious facts and figures. In all, Presidential Trivia is a feast for trivia buffs. (By the way: 1841 & 1881; Richard Nixon; Gerald Ford; and John Quincy Adams.)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (February 28, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558534121
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558534124
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Scott Baret on December 19, 2005
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One of my favorite subjects has long been the presidents of the United States. I enjoy reading books on them and picked up many facts along the way. In high school, I participated in President's Bowl (a presidential trivia challenge) and won. My friends knew me as the guy who was hopelessly obsessed with presidential trivia. While visiting Florida I found this book and picked it up.

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!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anita M. Mailhot on February 10, 2010
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The book was purchased for our school library & the students are enjoying it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. A. Daniel on March 25, 2013
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Ernie Couch's PRESIDENTIAL TRIVIA is hard. How hard? Take these question, for example: Which president was named for the physician who delivered him?* What Oklahoma Territory Indian reservation did Herbert Hoover spend several years with his uncle?**

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
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Earle Williams on May 13, 2014
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This book of trivia seems aimed at those readers in high school. Others may well enjoy it, for it is a nice collection of information.
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This book is packed full of the most random, obscure facts about each and every president, as well as your more obvious trivia (who was the only president never to marry?) It's a small paperback, easy to transport and read. Only con is the organization. It's based on "Before they were president", "while they were president", etc. I would have preferred it being broken down by each president.
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