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The President Did What?: Presidential Trivia Quiz Paperback – August 19, 2014
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From the Back Cover
THE PRESIDENT DID WHAT?
(Presidential Trivia Quiz)
Which president ...
- Was a male model?
- Had 15 children?
- Invented "Baked Alaska"?
- Painted his golf balls black?
- Did imitations of Teddy Roosevelt?
- Only wore suits he had made himself?
- Was America's first brown belt in judo?
- Was caught skinny dipping in the Potomac?
- Turned down offers from the Green Bay Packers and
the Detroit Lions?
- Bet and lost a priceless set of White House china
in one hand of poker?
- Was so cheap that guests at the White House were
served ice water in paper cups?
- Permitted his son's two pet alligators to run loose in the White House?
CURIOUS? Want to know more?
You'll find what you're looking for-AND MUCH MORE- in:
"THE PRESIDENT DID WHAT?"--Presidential Trivia Quiz
WHO IS THIS BOOK FOR?
The curious ... The skeptical ... The unafraid
History buffs ... Trivia buffs... Game players
Students ... Teachers ...Travelers
Knowledge seekers . . . Those looking for an entertaining, yet informative, read.
WHAT IS THIS BOOK FOR?
- Discovering intriguing facts about American history and the presidents who made it
- Testing your mental wits; taking the challenge
- Getting young people interested in American history and in the joy of learning
THIS BOOK IS . . .
- A good chuckle and eyebrow raiser
- A good bathroom read
- A great beach read
- A party book
- A rich source of cocktail party openers
AND . . . It makes a great gift!
About the Author
Nancy Ragno (teacher, writer, & textbook author) lives in Baneberry, TN, Tennessee's newest and smallest "city" (pop. 428). Baneberry is perched on a peninsula in the 40-mile-long Douglas Lake and overlooks the Great Smoky Mountains-- a view guaranteed to inspire any writer. When she visits the metropolis of nearby Knoxville, Ragno works as a volunteer at the Knoxville Zoo.
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Do you know how many presidents have had brown eyes? Who went skinny dipping in the Potomac? Which president and his wife spoke Chinese? Find out the answers to these and all in this fun and informational book.
One president commented, "I have noticed that nothing I never said ever did me any harm." (p. 30)
Have you ever heard of the Zero Year Mystery? Seven American presidents who were elected in a year ending in zero died while in office. Read to find out who. (p. 52)
I liked reading about the World War I president who grazed sheep on the White House lawn because of a manpower shortage. The wool was donated to the Red Cross. (p. 68)
One president and his wife spoke fluent Mandarin Chinese and spoke it frequently in the White House to prevent others from eavedropping on private conversations. (p. 70)
One president failed to mention his wife of twelve years who preceded him in death in his autobiography. (p. 80) How odd.
I rarely reread books but I will keep this one to read again. It was an amusing and enlightening read.
At the front of the book, all presidents are listed, along with the dates he was in office. I wish Ragno had put dates into her answer pages. My memory just doesn't carry me from the opening pages.
Some of the presidents served in the Civil War, but Ragno doesn't let us know for most of them if they were Yanks or Rebs.
Ragno does not include a bibliogrpahy or footnotes, which are essential for some of us trivia buffs. We just have to take her word for the "facts." One "fact" she got wrong is her reference to the "friends" of Dwight Eisenhower calling him "Ike." Heck, as a boy, I wore a huge campaign button proclaiming "I like Ike." The nation called him Ike, not just his friends. Sounds picky? Maybe, but without references for her answers, I wonder what other "facts" are a little off.
With that being said, this is a fun book.