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All the Presidents' Children: Triumph and Tragedy in the Lives of America's First Families Paperback – January 6, 2004
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U.S. News & World Report A fascinating study of the 159 first kids.
Mark Victor Hansen author of Chicken Soup for the Soul Some of the greatest missing stories of American history, told by one of America's greatest storytellers.
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But there seems to be a bit of historial snobbery in the thesis. That is to say, well into the 19th century, children were seen as little adults. The distance between presidents and their children was not merely a presidential "flaw." It was not uncommon for children to be sent to boarding schools and farmed out by parents. Child labor was not seen as a social evil. It was a different society and we should not impose our 20th century values on 18th and 19th century. Family life was different in certain sections of the society. Children were often raised by care givers rather than parents in certain levels of the society.
There is a great deal of valuable information relating to scions of presidents and some great points of trivia. The writing is straight forward and no frills. The stories prior to 1950 seem to be more comprehensive and readable perhaps because the subsequent children are still alive and it is impossible to put them into true historical context.
I read the large print edition of this work. Though this is not my usual medium, it is not the first large print that I ever read. However, the set up of the pages and the lack of an index made finding information difficult, unless you read the work like a novel. If looking for stories about specific person, there was no way to do it.
Appendix A, which is a chronological list of the presidential children was helpful in supplying basic information, but the chapter headings do not disclose the persons discussed.
The author did an admirable job. The printer of the large print edition did him a disservice.
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I WOULD HAVE LIKED TO HAVE READ MORE ABOUT THE FEMALE CHILDREN OF THE PRESIDENTS. THERE WERE PLACES WHERE I JUST MOVED ON BECAUSE SOME OF THE CHAPTERS ON THE SONS SEEMED TO HAVE... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jane B. Hines
I have heard Doug Wead speak once. I have never met a child of any U. S. President. I have read 80% of ALL THE PRESIDENT'S CHILDREN. I could not put it down. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Robert Hill (Bob) Durham
I really enjoyed the book. I learned a lot that I didn't know and found the different sections easy to follow. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Carin H.
I got a little confused by the jumping back and forth to distant past and more recent past. Also found some points were very repetitious. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Mary Holland
so informative, and captivating. great insight into the personal lives of our nation's leaders. would recommend to anyone, especially students of history.Published on July 28, 2014 by Diane Smith
Great read - but dated ... needs to be updated - hard to do whe every four years there is the potential of new set of kids ... Read morePublished on February 21, 2014 by K. JACKSON