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White House Wit, Wisdom and Wisecracks Paperback – November 25, 2013
"The Lying Game" by Ruth Ware
From the instant New York Times bestselling author of blockbuster thrillers In a Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10 comes Ruth Ware’s chilling new novel, The Lying Game. Pre-order today
About the Author
Phil Dampier has been a journalist for more than 35 years. As a freelance writer for the last 20 years, his articles have been published in newspapers and magazines worldwide. Like everyone of a certain age he remembers where he was when President Kennedy was assassinated in 1963 - watching his parents' black-and-white TV when a newsflash came on - and has been interested in politics ever since. He met former President Bill Clinton by chance in 2002 when they were staying in the same hotel in Adelaide, Australia. Ashley Walton has been a journalist for 25 years including as a crime reporter and foreign correspondent. He met President Ronald Reagan in the White House and several years later he also met former President Richard Nixon. He interviewed Margaret Thatcher in the United Kingdom and was invited with other journalists to a reception at the Prime Minister's residence in Downing Street. Richard Jolley has been a freelance cartoonist for twenty years. He has contributed to many international newspapers and political magazines. His work has been exhibited in international museums and galleries. He lives in North London with his wife and two children.
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I received this book in exchange for an HONEST review. This review is one hundred percent my honest opinion.
This book is filled with lots and lots of presidential quotes!
It was a both an amusing, and fascinating book, the research put into this book very evident as you read a dozen or so quotes from each and every president of the United States. There was a lot of irony that came into play from these quotes that made me laugh, one part because some of them were spoken by the same president and yet were very hypocritical(assuming that the author did his research right and sorted them correctly) saying one thing in one quote, then saying the opposite in the other quote. Another part because of the vast amount of opinions that came from these presidents, and yet they lead the same country, showing how times do change.
A thing that I did find interesting was how far back these presidents were, and yet many of them speak of troubles that we have today as if they're LIVING in it. *SHOCK*
As for the author's writing itself, he gave you background-information about each president each time before the quotes from that president came rolling in, aiding the reader in understanding these quotes. Good idea.
If you like this type of fiction, the kind that leaves you laughing IF and only if you 'get this type of humor,' then go out and buy this book. It's a five star nonfiction book.
There is ONE SMALL quote that I should warn the reader about that was towards the end of the book and from President Obama, it was one about Sandy Hook. This is just a warning to those touched by it, who may or may not want to read about this tragedy, even for a minute.
Complementing the book are Richard Jolley’s funny cartoons about the presidents.
I am sure that you have a favorite US president. I particularly enjoyed all the quotes that George Bush gave us, such as
“Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we … They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.”
The book is pretty much up to date, including Barack Obama.
Buy this book and you will be referencing to it for years to come, to remember the thoughts of brilliant minds like Kennedy, Lincoln, Jefferson, Roosevelt, Wilson or Truman.
They gave a very brief history of the President and some key facts and peculiar things about them like tenure (term in office), party to which they belonged, their nickname and their last words. This put in the situation of the era of their rule and gave context to the quotes. It made the book a lot more interesting to read and it gave me some good insight into the President’s of US.
I enjoyed reading the book … it was a light read; I was smiling all along. Most fun was around the recent president’s since I can identify with them and the political situation. There are quotes which are seriously humorous and make you laugh and at the same time, the quotes reflect the personality of the individual.
Sample this one by George W Bush ‘Bush Junior’ - “Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we … They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.”
The cover design is comic showing the caricatures of different Presidents standing at the dais. It is nice and catchy. Another important thing is the inclusion of several comic sketches / cartoons across the book. This added to the fun of the book and the illustrator Richard Jolley has indeed done a good job.