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Presidential Doodles: Two Centuries of Scribbles, Scratches, Squiggles, and Scrawls from the Oval Office squiggles & scrawls from the Oval Office Hardcover – September 25, 2006

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"Presidential Doodles sets a new standard not just for scholarly treatment of presidential doodles, but for Doodle Studies in general. If you read only one book on presidential doodles this year, make it this one." -- Michael Kinsley

About the Author

Sasha Archibald is the former Associate Editor and Sina Najafi the current Editor-in-Chief of Cabinet magazine. Described by the New York Times as “voracious, omnivorous, and playful,” Cabinet is a nonprofit quarterly dedicated to creating a new culture of curiosity about the world.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; 1St Edition edition (September 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465032664
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465032662
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,171,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Andrew S. Rogers VINE VOICE on December 17, 2006
Format: Hardcover
In the Epilogue to "Presidential Doodles," Sasha Archibald and Sina Najafi of "Cabinet" magazine, chief researchers for this book, describe the technique they developed for examining microfilmed presidential documents for the occasional (and usually uncatalogued) doodle. Fast-forwarding through the documents at very high speed, words would blur but doodles would be easier to pick out. For all its effectiveness, though, the method had at least one drawback: "Suffice to say, despite having spent several years in presidential archives, we have learned little of substance about any of the presidents."

That sort of summarizes this book, too. While the introduction by presidential historian David Greenberg makes a number of interesting points and his text is generally well-informed and helpful, I don't think most readers are going to come away from "Presidential Doodles" with a dramatically-improved understanding of America's chief executives. Unless, that is, you accept the idea that Greenberg himself considers long-ago discredited, that doodles provide a Freudian glimpse inside the artist's deepest psyche.

But then, I don't imagine most readers will come to this book seeking psychoanalytical profiles of the presidents. Instead, this seems like one of a number of books in recent years offering "People" magazine-like "surprising facts" from "behind the scenes at the White House." Taken as part of that genre, "Presidential Doodles" is better than most, often interesting, and certainly entertaining.
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Apparently even Presidents get tired of being in meetings all the time. When this happens to me, I tend to doodle in the margins of the agendas and other papers available to the typical meeting-goer. Presidents doodle too, but unlike my recycled efforts, Presidential papers are collected. So we have a surprisingly complete record of presidential doodles from Presidents Washington through Bush.

A few of these gentlemen have actual artistic talent - I was both surprised and impressed by U.S. Grant's sketches. The accompanying essay and notes make this an interesting and enjoyable book.
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I admit, I noticed this book on the shelves a few times and smirked at the novelty value. Presidential doodles. Bah, what have they ever done for me? I didn't buy the book. A few months later, a friend invited me into her bedroom late one night. The book was perched on the air conditioner. We nervously slid into bed and began making whimsical jokes about Presidents. After running fingers through her rich black hair, she picked up the book and began reading... in a voice. Pausing occasionally to part her red lips and sigh, she went through the whole book from start to finish. A parade of Presidents and their artwork. It was the most erotic lecture I had ever heard that involved Martin Van Buren and led to approximately 12 hours of what could only be described as bananas foreplay. No fruit were involved, only this book. It would work well under similar conditions, so I advise you to pick up a copy and use it to woo that special someone.
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I enjoyed this book but ended up donating it to the library. It's more of a coffee table book than a history book, and one read was enough for me, so I figured I'd pass it on since I wasn't planning on reading it again.
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A fun, quick little book. The reproductions of presidential doodles are neat, and the trivia-laden commentary is informative.

One thing, and, I guess I am over-sensitive to these things, the book skews a tad to the left - and just sillily so. For instance, the FDR part is as rosy as all get out, while Reagan's doodles, somehow, prove him to be the consummate Hollywood faker. Then there is the pointless comment on the George W. Bush "doodle," which was in fact the infamous "bathroom break" note at the UN (p. 211). (In fact, he did have UN permission....)

But here is where the real bias shows, compare the doodles on pages 125 and 149. They are doodle-drawn American flags, the first by Ike, the second by JFK. Eisenhower's is, on the edges, tattered and torn, while JFK's is scratched and "x"-ed out. The flags are similar, and could both be interpreted in the same way, but they aren't. Here's the comment for Republican Eisenhower's: "Did he harbor deep-seated worries that in an age of Cold War militarism the American Dream was in distress?" Oh my gosh! Then the comment for Democrat Kennedy's: "Some of Kennedy's doodles reveal his wit and whimsy. Here, after compulsively drawing rectangular boxes striped with horizontal lines, he playfully turns those rectangles into... a modified American flag." A crossed out American flag, mind you. But the authors basically say: well, all sweetness and light! The evil, dunce-headed right-winger secretly knows he's destroying America, while the second-smartest president of all time, beautiful Prince Charming left-winger is so smart and whimsical and playful. Really?
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This book is very interesting and allows the reader to see a side of our country's presidents that we normally wouldn't see.
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