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Grover Cleveland's Rubber Jaw and Other Unusual, Unexpected, Unbelievable but All-True Facts About America's Presidents Paperback – Bargain Price, May 1, 2012

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Stephen Spignesi is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 books including The Italian 100, The Complete Titanic, George Washington’s Leadership Lessons, The USA Book of Lists, The Essential Stephen King, and American Firsts


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade; 38387th edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399537430
  • ASIN: B00C02105K
  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,188,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mike O'Connor TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 6, 2012
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Prolific author Stephen Spignesi turns his attention to American Presidents in GROVER CLEVELAND'S RUBBER JAW AND OTHER UNUSUAL, UNEXPECTED, UNBELIEVABLE BUT ALL-TRUE FACTS ABOUT AMERICA'S PRESIDENTS, an entertaining and informative 2012 Penguin Group release. Whether you're interested in trivia or the Presidency or both, you'll want to latch on to this gem.

Aside from the facts regarding the aformentioned 'mandible replacement,' Spignesi also provides the following Presidential tid-bits:

*when George Washington was inaugurated, he had a grand total of one tooth in this mouth;
*Thomas Jefferson invented the swivel chair;
*John Quincy Adams believed in the Hollow Earth theory;
*William Henry Harrison had 48 grandchildren and 106 great-grandchildren; a White House record;
*James Buchanan was nearsighted in one eye and farsighted in the other;
*Then-Vice President Andrew Johnson was falling-down-drunk at Lincoln's inauguration;
*Teddy Roosevelt owned and could walk on stilts;
*FDR was played in movies by, among others, Ralph Bellamy, Dan O'Herlihy, Jason Robards, Jon Voight and Edward Herrmann (three times!);
*JFK could read four newspapers cover to cover in 20 minutes; and finally;
*Barack Obama loves playing Scrabble.

So, if you're a lover of trivia, these and thousands of other Presidential morsels await you in Spignesi's book. Trivia buffs will undoubtedly enjoy this book. I know I did. Recommended.
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This book is a collection of strange and interesting, and sometimes downright bizarre, facts about the U.S. Presidents. For example, did you know that the Democratic Party took the jackass as its symbol in honor of Andrew Jackson being called one? That during a confrontation Franklin Pierce was likely to faint? Or that in 1922 Warren Harding was inducted into the Ku Klux Klan...in the White House? Well, read this book, and you will learn these things, and a lot more!

My one and only problem with this book is that I wish that the author had provided sources for his "facts." For example, on page 5, he states that, "Iconic painting notwithstanding, Washington never prayed in the snow at Valley Forge." Now, while there is good reason to doubt the historicity of the paintings of General Washington, kneeling in prayer at Valley Forge, I would like to know what source confirms that this "never" happened. But, sadly, there are no sources to check, you must simply take what the author says as fact.

That said, this is a very entertaining book. It's a great book for when you want something to read that you can pick up and put down and pick up again. I used it at the dentists' office recently, and enjoyed it immensely.
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Being a U.S. President buff, this was something I had to check out. It's always fascinating to learn some random, bizarre information about the presidents. I also like to learn different things that are out of the ordinary, besides the fact that William Howard Taft had trouble fitting in the bathtub or that the teddy bear was named for Theodore Roosevelt. This book offers that opportunity.

The way the book is formatted is in presidential order, providing basic information, such as dates in office, date of birth and death, cause of death, spouse, children, vice-president, etc., and then lists random facts. There is also overall information and then the Lincoln and Kennedy comparisons (for instance, they were elected in 1860 and 1960, both were assassinated, etc.). This book does carry a great deal of facts and is quite enjoyable and humorous to say the very least.

My key gripe about this book is how I question some of the arrangement and legitimacy behind the facts. He mentions that the first fifteen presidents have never had their picture taken, when John Quincy Adams (the sixth president) was the first to have his picture taken. Even if they made mention to it being out of office, J.Q. Adams died in 1848 and Abraham Lincoln (the sixteenth president) was elected in 1860. Sometimes I feel that I could have searched for these kinds of facts on Google and come out with similar results.

I must say, however, that the facts about Lyndon B. Johnson were just raw and hilarious. It makes me want to read more into him and his raunchy way of living. The facts about Johnson just made me want to laugh and if you want to learn about his way of living, then buy this book! John F. Kennedy's facts were quite raw, too.
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We bought this for a friend of ours. He uses this book all the time.
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