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Hottest Heads of State: Volume One: The American Presidents Paperback – January 30, 2018
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“A near perfect nexus of political reporting, history, and hirsute hotness. I knew a classic was born reading the words, ‘You probably thought to yourself, ‘Boy, I’d like to be in a Grover Cleveland sandwich.’’” ―Berkeley Breathed, Pulitzer-winning creator of “Bloom County”
"J.D. and Kate Dobson reveal the presidents’ little known charms and unusual quirks in their hysterical book."―Real Simple
“Combining biting satire with gleeful absurdity, this is a relentlessly funny, bipartisan exploration of America’s presidents that judges each as a potential partner.”―BookPage
"It's hilarious, but also surprisingly informative. If you ever need a crash course in the gold standard written à la Buzzfeed, the Dobsons are at your service."―RiverfrontTimes
About the Author
Kate Dobson is a former assistant comics editor for the Washington Post and head writer for The Brown Jug. These days, when she's not writing, she enjoys serving food to her small children and, later, vacuuming that same food up off the floor.
J. D. Dobson is a former U.S. Senate staffer, federal lobbyist, and crisis communications consultant. Now he makes candles that smell like politicians and hopes for the best.
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Even if you're not a female in her teenage years, reading the book could well interest you in some things you likely didn't know. I don't recall ever having heard that founding father John Adams used a fake name in letters he wrote to newspapers. He signed off as Humphrey Ploughjogger! This somewhat obscure fact prompted me to contemplate that if Donald Trump were to choose a Twitter pseudonym, much less negative reaction would materialize. Most readers of the 1760's probably cared very little about what Humphrey Ploughjogger had to say.
There are other interesting facts that you may be compelled to double-check for yourself to verify accuracy. James Madison was a hypochondriac. The first president targeted for assassination was Andrew Jackson. His would-be killer twice failed to succeed at the attempt. As William Henry Harrison was dying doctors regularly applied leeches to his body. Sarah Polk functioned as secretary for husband James.
The book is loaded with such random facts. Maybe it will spark some interest in U.S. history on the part of young people. If it does, that's good. To be sure, substantive information about presidential policies just isn't there, but that obviously is not what the authors wanted to provide. The question of whether the obvious aim at tickling the humor of girls meets it's mark had best be left for young girls to answer.