I bought this as a Christmas gift for a friend who likes presidential history, and I decided to get an extra copy for myself because I own the other books in the series and I really enjoy them. I was not disjointed, and my friend, who is a presidential history buff, was delighted to learn many cool but little known facts about our presidents (and a couple of foreign dignitaries that are included as a bonus.)
Every story is a surprise. It is great for young and old. The writing is very agile. There are several stories that give an entirely new view of President Lincoln. Never knew that he obtained a U.S. Patent for the design of a flotation device for boats that get stuck on sandbanks. The stories are great for reading to kids before bed. Each story is one page long and the facing page has details and facts that give added color to the times surrounding the presidential tale being described.
My 11 year old history buff adores these books. I really like them, too. The stories are just the right length to read aloud before bed, and he doesn't mind that he's already read them 10 times before I do. They have inspired some great Googling. I highly recommend them all.
I married a history buff, and never know what to get him as a gift. I usually go through old used book sales looking for out of print history books (which are so contradictory and funny) for him to read and compare to the present day truth (ok, who knows). I love it when I get a hit on a search from Amazon.com and I am able to find a book that doesn't require being around smelly people selling books out of cardboard boxes. This book had funny tidbits of each president that could never be denied or proven.
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My dad loved it. Thanks for making fathers day wonderful for my dad. He found this book at a restaurant that he frequents and they use for decoration and have it secured to the booth. My dad always asks for the same booth so he can read it while eating there. He didn't think I could find it for him but I did. :)
My teenage son really enjoyed this book and was constantly stopping while reading to come and share a particularly interesting story. It made a great gift for him as he loves random quirky facts and history. Well written and a nicely put together book that made a great gift.