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Presidential Trivia: The Feats, Fates, Families, Foibles, and Firsts of Our American Presidents Paperback – September 5, 2007


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From the Back Cover

Did you know...
THAT JOHN ADAMS AND THOMAS JEFFERSON BOTH DIED ON JULY 4, 1826, EXACTLY FIFTY YEARS AFTER THE very first independence day ?
THAT THEODORE ROOSEVELT, NOT JOHN F. KENNEDY, IS THE YOUNGEST PRESIDENT WE'VE EVER HAD?
THAT barack obama is only our sixth brown-eyed president?
Filled with quizzes, games, and the most fascinating facts about the most powerful office on earth, Presidential Trivia is the perfect book for the novice to the history buff. From politics and policy to presidential nicknames and White House pets, Presidential Trivia brims with everything you ever wanted to know about our U.S. presidents.
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About the Author

Richard Lederer is the author of more than 35 books about language, history, and humor, including his best-selling Anguished English series. He is founding cohost of A Way with Words on public radio and his syndicated column, "Looking at Language," appears in newspapers and magazines throughout the United States. He lives in San Diego.

 

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith (September 5, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423602102
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423602101
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,212,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Lederer is a fly-by-the-roof-of-the-mouth verbivore, logolept, and wordaholic, perhaps the most wordstruck, word bethumped wordaholic you may ever encounter.

Dr. Lederer is the author of more than 40 books about language, history, and humor, including his best-selling ANGUISHED ENGLISH series and his current books, AMERICAN TRIVIA, AMAZING WORDS, HILARIOUS HOLIDAY HUMOR, and THE BIG BOOK OF WORDPLAY CROSSWORDS. His works range from bloopers and puns to word origins and word games to pets and American history.

With Charles Harrington Elster, Richard Lederer is founding co-host of "A Way With Words" on National Public Radio. His language columns appear in newspapers and magazines throughout the United States, including the San Diego UNION-TRIBUNE.

Richard Lederer has been named International Punster of the Year and Toastmasters International's Golden Gavel winner.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robert W. Smith VINE VOICE on March 12, 2008
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this book, presidential trivia, is a quick read, easy to pick up and put down. it's choke full of tid bits that aren't commonly known about many of our presidents. pieces of it i found really touching (e.g., the guy in the electoral college voted against monroe where everybody else voted for him ONLY because he felt that Washington ought to be the only president unanimously elected). i also liked a quip on lincoln's height, at 6'3 3/4", once, when asked about his height, he said that he was "tall enough to touch the ground". great bedside reading or coffeetable reading. i really enjoyed it! while i'm no presidential scholar, the data presented by lederer appear consistent with the few books that i've read. nice job!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Williamson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 21, 2008
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Richard Lederer is an interesting author of more than thirty books. Known as a "verbivore" (a word he coined in the early 1980s), Lederer's interests focus primarily on uncovering word origins, pointing out common grammatical errors and fallacies, and exploring palindromes, anagrams, and other forms of recreational wordplay.

Most recently he has focused his attention in another direction: Presidential Trivia, a fascinating book that will remind you of many of the facts you learned in school, but will also inform you of such odd items as how many of our presidents had no children, which is the birth state for the most of our presidents and which college boasts the most presidents as alumni.

Thirty of our forty-two presidents have been in the military -- do you know which ones they are? How about who was our heaviest president, or our tallest? Which president had the most pets? And do you know which president and his wife conducted the first Easter egg roll on the White House lawn? It's all there in this fascinating book.

Dr. Lederer asks who was president for the longest period of time, and explains that it was Franklin D. Roosevelt, who was elected to four terms and served from 1933 to 1945. He further explains that this is unlikely to happen again as long as the Twenty-Second Amendment is in effect, which states: "No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie A. Hall on March 18, 2012
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Love the book so far, even though I'm a little confused by the Trivia Question that asks who was the first President to be assassinated and it correctly gives the answer as Lincoln but gives the wrong date of his assassination as April 14, 1864 instead of 1865, hopefully that will be corrected in later editions.
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By TBW on December 13, 2011
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For those that like trivia and politics, this is the party book for you! Some chapters are questions and answers so we used it as a game, other chapters are just interesting anecdotes and events you've never heard of about presidents. We've had a lot of fun with it. Bought as "used" but it doesn't look like it had ever been looked at. Good, fast service.
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By fireflyfields on December 18, 2012
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Many of the facts given in the book were already known to me....I am a history buff. However there were a few that did catch me off guard that I enjoyed. My kids enjoy a book that they can just grab, read a little bit and then be off. This is the perfect book for doing that.
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