All the Presidents Children Triumph and Tragedy in the Lives of America s First Families From Abigail Nabby Adams to Barbara and Jenna Bush George Washington Adams to John F Kennedy Jr the children of America s presidents have both suffered and triumphed under the watchful eyes of their

  • Title: All the Presidents' Children: Triumph and Tragedy in the Lives of America's First Families
  • Author: Doug Wead
  • ISBN: 9780743446310
  • Page: 326
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From Abigail Nabby Adams to Barbara and Jenna Bush, George Washington Adams to John F Kennedy, Jr the children of America s presidents have both suffered and triumphed under the watchful eyes of their powerful fathers and the glare of the ever changing public Many, like the children of William Henry Harrison and Andrew Johnson, writhed under the pressure and fought bFrom Abigail Nabby Adams to Barbara and Jenna Bush, George Washington Adams to John F Kennedy, Jr the children of America s presidents have both suffered and triumphed under the watchful eyes of their powerful fathers and the glare of the ever changing public Many, like the children of William Henry Harrison and Andrew Johnson, writhed under the pressure and fought bitter battles with alcoholism and depression only to die young Others, like Robert Todd Lincoln, Margaret Truman, and Helen Taft Manning, used the privileges granted them to achieve their own success in the worlds of politics, business, and academia All, however, had to cope with the entirely unique experience of sharing their fathers with the country that called them to leadership and living a life worthy of their place in history Combining twenty years of study with never before published letters and personal accounts from presidential children, Doug Wead has produced a remarkable and authoritative analysis of the extraordinary people born to American presidents throughout history Stories of outstanding presidential daughters the eight weddings performed in the White House and what later happened in the marriages tales of the real and rud illegitimate children ofthe presidents a list of presidential children who pursued politics and the five who were almost president themselves examples of how the pressures of being a celebrity child interrupt the normal desire for intimacy and personal identity biographies of living presidential children and where they are now these are just a few of the historical gems unearthed Both an entertaining lesson on our nation s history, a study of theproblems and solutions of high achieving parents, and a fascinating look at the father son dynamics of the current White House, All the Presidents Children is a must read for anyone interested in America s most high profile pedigree.

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    1. This book was fairly well written, and I learned a lot about presidential children that I didn't know. Here's why I didn't give it a higher rating: When approaching a book of this type, which is basically just scores of biographies, it can be handled one of two ways: chronologically, or with people grouped in areas of commonality. Doug Wead chose the second option, which made the book more interesting in some ways, but it also caused repetition, which was a little confusing. Also, there was too [...]

    2. Interesting historical accounts of president's sons and some daughters and the pressures of living of up to a legend. Same could probably be said for offspring of all celebrities & high-profile corp execs.

    3. I could have done without the homage to the Bush "dynasty," but overall I enjoyed this book. There were so many fascinating stories of the first families and the struggles they faced. A recommended read for any history buff.

    4. Having just watched the Historical HBO series on John Adams, I think back to when i finished this book last year. The stories of incredible sacrifice and expectations were all more vivid. A great read for anyone who appreciates what it might be like having a US President in your family

    5. This book is one of the most revealing of Presidential families. It puts flesh, blood, and emotions to those we have longed to know. Outstanding Book!

    6. The facts in this book are fascinating. I enjoyed the book, although I will probably not retain much of what I read. For people that love history, this book will appeal to them.

    7. Very interesting read as it delves into the family life of Presidents. The author definitely has a theory that the majority of these children are cursed to end up trying to out achieve or out-run (in alcoholism, etc.) their father's legacy. I skipped some of this discussion for the actual life descriptions and also disliked how short other children's paragraphs were (usually the more modern or normal lives) as if this was unremarkable or we were supposed to know about them so he skipped the assu [...]

    8. I really enjoyed learning about American history through the perspective of the presidential children. The format was much more interesting than your typical chronological order. The author is affilated with Ron Paul and is a member of the Constitutional party, so he is pretty well grounded in his views. A very interesitng, informative book - a warning, some parts can be a bit dry : )

    9. Interesting biographies of presidential children. Relentlessly positive writing about those still alive. More objective writing about those no longer with us. Some interesting insights about family relationships.

    10. An interesting read about the presidents and their families. So many stories that I had never heard before, from the tragedies of Franklin Pierce and Calvin Coolidge, to the antics of the Theodore Roosevelt family. Each chapter was a new story. An easy read for those interested in American history.

    11. A good reminder that our politicians are just people with lives that mirror the rest of us. They seem bigger than life but suffer all the pains the rest of us do. Maybe more so.

    12. A little too much analysis of statistics and speculation of personalities and family dynamics. Also, a few historical errors (describes a president's son who went to England to negotiate with the "king" during the Civil War - he actually negotiated with PRINCE Albert). Written during GW Bush's first term, there's a lot of comparison of the father and son presidents. However, a lot of good research and organization utilized.

    13. I found it amazing the similarity of difficulties presidential families go through. The children of these men seem to crumble under the pressure to live up to their father. Sons seem to turn to alcohol in staggering numbers and daughters seem to run to the arms of the wrong kind of men, and stack on the failed marriages. It is also sad to see that it seems imposible for these predidential fathers to have strong loving relationships with their children.

    14. In his first book, he shows the presidents of the US mostly had terrible, abusive childhoods. Yet, in this book he shows they didn't do much better with their own children. I liked this one better than The Raising of a President, it was much better written. It'll be interesting to see if his predictions about Chelsea Clinton outshining her parents come true.

    15. I really disliked the organization of the book. I found it confusing, and all of the stories about the presidential children ran together. I would have much preferred the book to have been written in chronological order.

    16. Rather disheartening account of the various progeny; most of them were unable to live up to fathers' expectations, many died young, some committed suicide

    17. So many interesting facts about the first families. It does feel like the book needs to be updated, to add more background information and expand the stories of more recent first families.

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