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Houses of the Presidents: Childhood Homes, Family Dwellings, Private Escapes, and Grand Estates Hardcover – Bargain Price, November 6, 2012
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Among the book's pleasures is the way it delivers American history in manageable bites. If you had to point to one thing that distinguishes the homes of American presidents from those of ordinary mortals, ultimately it wouldn't be the wallpaper or the plumbing, but the way history inhabits the walls. (The Wall Street Journal)
"The White House is just a place to live for a few years; the places in this book are homes. A marvelous volume for the whole family to enjoy." (-Louisville Courier-Journal)
"Author Hugh Howard uses the houses as a device to relate the stories of the presidents and the forces that shaped them. . . . Photos by Roger Straus III let us see how the presidents lived." (-Akron Beacon Journal)
"It's easy to be cynical after a bruising election, but this patriotic homage to the lodgings of our nation's leaders - many of them humble - will give you a frisson of pride." (-- USA Today)
Presidential houses tell us much about those who lived in them. Some, like Jefferson's Monticello, tell how these men shaped their places. Others, like Washington's Mount Vernon and FDR's Springwood at Hyde Park, tell how they were shaped by them. And still others, like Madison's Montpelier and Lincoln's Cottage, tell how the ideas they propagated there shaped the nation. These stories and more are all here in this wonderfully written and beautifully photographed book by Hugh Howard and Roger Straus III. It is certain to remain the definitive work on this fascinating subject for many years to come."
( Richard Moe, president emeritus, National Trust for Historic Preservation
"Houses of the Presidents is a marvelous contribution to American history. Meticulously preserved childhood and family homes-from the humble to the most majestic-are included in this brilliantly illustrated book. No home should be without it!" (Douglas Brinkley, Professor of History, Rice University, and Fellow, James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy )
You can tell a lot about a man from his home--his self-image, his struggles and his dreams, his roots and his destiny. Anyone curious about America's presidents will want to linger while Hugh Howard takes us on a tour of their houses. This is a beautiful and revealing book, at once intimate and grand. (Evan Thomas, author of Ike's Bluff: President Eisenhower's Secret Battle to Save the World )
Houses of the Presidents is a visual and intellectual treat for anyone interested in presidential biography. The presidential residences pictured here speak volumes about the lives and times of these men. This is a piece of Americana that should grace everyone's personal library. (Robert Dallek, author of An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963 )
About the Author
Hugh Howard is the author of more than a dozen books on architecture, as well as Mr. and Mrs. Madison's War. His writings have also appeared in Smithsonian, New York Times, Washington Post, House Beautiful, Preservation, Early American Life, Traditional Homes, and many other publications. He lives in East Chatham, New York, with his wife and two daughters.
Top Customer Reviews
Having had the opportunity to visit the homes of Washington, Jefferson, Clinton, and Eisenhower, as well as the birthplace of Lincoln I found both the photography and narrative excellent - especially since photography within those homes is generally frowned upon.
Be forewarned, however - this book is not something to simply sit down and read through in one or two settings. Readers will want to take it in small bites, allowing time to envision the various presidents and their families within the various settings.
My sole quibble is that not every one of the President's homes are covered -unimportant and/or "failure" Presidents (such as Franklin Pierce; Rutherford B. Hayes, Garfield, the two Harrisons, et al.,) are relegated to a list of addresses at the end. Readers should be aware that only the homes of big guns like Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Lincoln, Grant, TR, FDR, etc. are covered. Including ALL the Presidents' homes would have made the book too huge to handle, I guess - still it would have been nice if all were included.
It was a pleasure to read and see the beautiful pictures, I also gave one as a Christmas Gift.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great pictures and descriptions. Perfect for a president/history buff.Published 10 months ago by Heather Tracy
This is a great book! Lots of good pictures and information.Published 13 months ago by Virginia L. Smith
If you have an interest in Presidential things, especially as the title says...their homes....this is a great book. Information and wonderful pictures!Published 14 months ago by Mrs. Karen L. Demmy
Paper cover was slightly ruined but not terrible. Otherwise great service.Published 16 months ago by Justin Marcinkowski
EXCELLENT book. The pictures are stunning, and the background stories about the presidents are well-written and intriguing. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Ramona
There are a lot of beautiful photos. You can be in the houses with the presidents.Published 18 months ago by Naoharu Watanabe