Parenting and Politics from George Washington to Barack Obama
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Digital Audiobook (5/9/2016)
In a lively narrative, based on research in archives around the country, Kendall shows presidential character in action. Readers will learn which type of parent might be best suited to leading the American people and, finally, how the fathering experiences of our presidents have forever changed the course of American history.
Praise For First Dads: Parenting and Politics from George Washington to Barack Obama…
"Joshua Kendall's First Dads vividly brings the personal histories of the presidents to life from a new angle - their experiences as fathers. With meticulous research, he draws connections between presidential parenting styles and governing policies. First Dads is a fresh and engaging take."—Jay Winik, New York Times bestselling author of April 1865: The Month That Saved America and 1944: FDR and the Year that Changed History
"Anecdote-packed . . . Provides delightful peeks at life inside the White House . . . Kendall is good at linking a president's strengths or failures as a parent to his success or failure at governing . . . First Dads provides a valuable reminder that while an American president may have the clout to launch spaceships and end world wars, that doesn't mean he can get his children to behave, be happy or even return his phone calls. In fact, when it comes to parenthood -- that great, humbling equalizer -- the most intelligent and powerful men on earth seem to flounder and fail even more than the rest of us."—New York Times Book Review
"Josh Kendall's First Dads is a fascinating look at how U.S. presidents were influenced-for better or worse-by their experiences as a father. Kendall has a gift for writing lively anecdotes, which keeps his narrative hopping. It's an indispensable book...Highly recommended!"—Douglas Brinkley, New York Times bestselling author of Cronkite and The Wilderness Warrior
"Joshua Kendall's First Dads is a comprehensive and always entertaining guide to a little noticed aspect of the American presidency-the family lives of our founding and presiding fathers. Based on extensive research, including interviews with surviving daughters and sons, which reveals a link between parenting and governing styles, First Dads is bound to influence the conversation during this election year. In our age of helicopter parenting, it's both refreshing and instructive to follow Kendall's parade of presidential dads who often coaxed their kids to march to the beat of their own unbridled ambitions."—Megan Marshall, Pulitzer-Prize winning author of Margaret Fuller: A New American Life
"Here, for the first time is a fast-paced narrative concentrating on the presidents, their politics and their parenting. First Dads oftentimes is compelling in its accounts of the sometimes heroic and sometimes destructive behavior of the presidents and their families."—Irwin F. Gellman, author of The President and the Apprentice
Grand Central Publishing, 9781455551958, 400pp.
Publication Date: May 10, 2016