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Although it's far from a textbook, its anecdotes and analysis make for an entertaining afternoon. -- Kyle Tonniges, The Reader, Sept. 8, 2006

The authors are superbly gifted, almost facile writers; one might describe them as the Cheech and Chong of presidential history. -- Bob Cheeks,, August 31, 2006

About the Author

Gregg Stebben is the author of ten books, including Internet Privacy for Dummies, A Man's Life, The Lost Lore of a Man's Life, and the four-book series: The Pocket Professor Guide to Philosophy, Economics, Physics & Religion. He has written for Esquire, Bon Appetit, Men's Health, and TV Guide, and from 2001 to 2003 he was the national radio spokesman for Men's Health magazine. He lives in South Carolina. Austin Hill is a media personality who cohosts an afternoon drive talk-radio show in Phoenix, Arizona. He has appeared on ABC-TV, CNN, and the BBC and has written for newspapers throughout the western United States, including the Arizona Tribune and the Orange County Register. He lives in the Phoenix, Arizona, area.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Cumberland House Publishing; 2 Rev Exp edition (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581825447
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581825442
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 6.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,612,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Hill Nation on October 24, 2006
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Do you think the political scene is bad today? Or do you think it's just fine and people are making something out of nothing. Get a little perspective here. I received this book as a gift from a family member whose views are often at the opposite end of the political spectrum from mine. I opened it with equal curiosity and reservation. Within two minutes my reservations were gone. The authors quickly reveal with glee facts, possible fictions (so noted), and rumors we have forgotten, overlooked or never heard of. They go on to uncover more lies, secrets and hedges than all the country's special commissions combined - and in far fewer pages. Although they don't start at the beginning, they do cover the beginning, the very beginning, such as who the several President's prior to George Washington were and they goon to tales about the current inhabitant of the White House, in their uniquely round-about direct way. Once I started reading I couldn't stop. Does it make the current political climate any more acceptable? Well, not really, but it will take your mind off it for a while, give you a different perspective, undoubtedly teach you a number of things you never imagined and it'll be fun. Well written, never boring. No dust on this one.
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So you really think that our early Presidents were moral, upright, hardworking individuals compared to what we have these days? Think again... White House Confidential: Revised and Expanded Edition by Gregg Stebben and Austin Hill is a great look at the less-than-savory side of all our Presidents, from George W(ashington) to George W (Bush). It's definitely one of the more entertaining reads I've had of late.

A Couple of Small Disclaimers; Weird Family Values!; Sex!; Scandal!; Impeachment!; Fights!; Money!; Prophecy!; Death!; Goofballs!; Veeps!; Executive Privilege(s)!; Take This Job and Shove It!; Conclusion; Appendix A - What's In A Name?; Appendix B - Presidential Firsts; Appendix C - The George Washington Conspiracy; Acknowledgements

Stebben and Hill have collected and compiled a large number of interesting (and sometimes disturbing) factoids about the men who have held the highest office in our land. Categorized in the broad areas outlined in the table of contents, you learn that just about every President from the first to the last has had to deal with corruption, quirky behavior, and sexual scandal. We definitely don't hold a patent on that behavior in the last couple of terms of office. For instance, Alexander Hamilton was blackmailed by a mistress and her husband to keep quiet about an on-going affair. He often had to borrow the money to keep it all hush-hush. Aaron Burr, Jefferson's vice president, was allowed to get away with murder when he killed Hamilton in a duel. Warren Harding had two mistresses and an illegitimate daughter by one of them. And one of the mistresses was the wife of one of his good friends. Makes Clinton look tame... And Kennedy? He apparently had hundreds of extra-marital trysts throughout his short presidency.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reader Views on April 21, 2007
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Reviewed by Cherie Fisher for Reader Views (3/07)

I always thought that politics and politicians were in a downhill spiral when compared to the good ole days. Well, that is definitely not the case. According to "White House Confidential" this has been going on for centuries! The authors Stebben and Hill give us a book uncovering lies, secrets and more lies and secrets that have been going on in the government since the beginning. I was fascinated from beginning to end.

Oh, the scandal of it all! If you think the Bill and Monica saga were the first sex scandal to hit the White House, think again. Who were the President and First Lady who moved their mistresses, oops, I meant friends, into the White House? Franklin Delano Roosevelt moved Missy LeHand (from the secretarial pool) into the White House. And his wife Eleanor moved her favorite friend nicknamed "Hick" into the White House. Hick turned out to be a woman named Lorena Hickok. The authors uncovered a note sent from Eleanor to Hick in 1933 "Good-night, dear one. I want to put my arms around you and kiss you at the corner of your mouth. And in a little more than a week now - I shall." Hmmm.....not the usual note one would write to a friend. Oh, and then there is my other favorite tidbit. Which President and Vice President (from different administrations) were so inseparable they were nicknamed "Miss Nancy and Aunt Fancy?" It seems that the White House may have already had a gay president. And that is just the tip of the iceberg on what has been going on in the White House for the past couple hundred of years. The chapter also includes a list of all Presidents including who cheated, and who did not.
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Very very very entertaining, and insightful. Great author, well done book with easy to read content. This one is a must have. Interesting and at times hilarious. Get the book, it's great fun.
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