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The Smithsonian Book of Presidential Trivia [Kindle Edition]

Smithsonian Institution , Amy Pastan
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Which president holds the record for the most vetoes? Which president had the largest shoe size? Who was the only president to serve in both World War I and World War II? Who was the tallest president? These questions and many, many more are answered in The Smithsonian Book of Presidential Trivia.

Divided into 11 chapters, The Smithsonian Book of Presidential Trivia looks at every aspect of our heads of state and presidential history: Citizens, Officers, Heroes, and Saviors; Stumping: From Front Porch to Facebook; The Pledge and the Parties; Inside the Oval Office; The Perpetual Podium; Home, Hotel, Parlor, Playground; First Families; Impeachment, Controversy, Shame; Assassination; Death, and National Mourning; Presidents in the Popular Imagination; and The Quotable President.

Many of the questions are accompanied with photographs of artifacts from the Smithsonian's collections. The Smithsonian Book of Presidential Trivia is sure to puzzle the trivia buff and presidential expert alike!


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From School Library Journal

(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media While many adults know Richard Nixon's nickname ("Tricky Dick") and the toy named after Theodore Roosevelt (the teddy bear), here students are offered much more, from the mundane (which president had the largest shoe size) to the more important (how many presidents have died while serving in office). With well-organized chapter headings ("Assassination, Death and National Mourning," "Stumping," "Home, Hotel, Parlor and Playground"), there are few aspects of the presidency overlooked-from illegitimate children and other controversies to spouses, pets, and even Facebook campaigns. A smattering of black-and-white photos lends accuracy and interest, allowing history buffs a peek at some of the Smithsonian's presidential artifacts, including campaign buttons, clothing, medallions, and paper ephemera. While the institution is a reputable source of information, there are a few subtleties that could be debated in some of the answers listed. For example, one question asks, "Which president was accused of fathering an illegitimate child?" The answer listed is Grover Cleveland, and while it is is true that he has been accused, Thomas Jefferson has been too (although those indiscretions have been verified). Such potential oversights notwithstanding, this excellent introduction will interest even reluctant readers in these men by providing historic and often entertaining insights. It's a great launching pad to a unit on the presidents.-Sharon Verbeten, All Write Creative Services, De Pere, WIα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

While many adults know Richard Nixon’s nickname (“Tricky Dick”) and the toy named after Theodore Roosevelt (the teddy bear), here students are offered much more, from the mundane (which president had the largest shoe size) to the more important (how many presidents have died while serving in office). With well-organized chapter headings (“Assassination, Death and National Mourning,” “Stumping,” “Home, Hotel, Parlor and Playground”), there are few aspects of the presidency overlooked–from illegitimate children and other controversies to spouses, pets, and even Facebook campaigns. A smattering of black-and-white photos lends accuracy and interest, allowing history buffs a peek at some of the Smithsonian’s presidential artifacts, including campaign buttons, clothing, medallions, and paper ephemera. While the institution is a reputable source of information, there are a few subtleties that could be debated in some of the answers listed. For example, one question asks, “Which president was accused of fathering an illegitimate child?” The answer listed is Grover Cleveland, and while it is is true that he has been accused, Thomas Jefferson has been too (although those indiscretions have been verified). Such potential oversights notwithstanding, this excellent introduction will interest even reluctant readers in these men by providing historic and often entertaining insights. It’s a great launching pad to a unit on the presidents.–Sharon Verbeten, All Write Creative Services, De Pere, WI

Product Details

  • File Size: 12627 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Smithsonian Books (February 5, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007WKZEES
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read March 22, 2013
By JSM
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Fascinating stuff that gets left out of history books :( I wouldn’t probably paid more attention in school if the teachers would have made it fun to learn… this is a fun read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting! September 10, 2013
By Philip
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Great buy for presidente trial nuts. Some you may know but most you do not. Good info for the price
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cute but noth that entertaining May 15, 2013
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It was fun at a party. It had some useful trivia but not that well written. A good table top book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining! April 1, 2013
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Very easy to read. Packed with little know facts. Learned a few things reading this book. Worth the time! Enjoy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun to pick up March 25, 2013
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I'm part way through the new book "The President's Club." That book is a serious study, but this book, Presidential Trivia, is a fun introduction to the fascinating topic of our U.S. Presidents.
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An independent editor, photo researcher, writer, and book producer, Amy Pastan has been responsible for the publication of hundreds of titles. Before starting her own business in 1998, she held staff positions at the National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian Institution Press, where she developed an award-winning list of books in photography and fine arts. In addition to creating and producing works in all genres for print publishers, she is currently writing features for the Web and providing content for film and digital media.

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