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A look into American history and the fathering styles of presidents, from critically acclaimed biographer Joshua Kendall.

Every president has had some experience as a parent. Of the forty-three men who have served in the nation’s highest office, thirty-eight have fathered biological children and the other five adopted children. Each president’s parenting style reveals much about his beliefs as well as his psychological make-up. James Garfield enjoyed jumping on the bed with his kids. FDR’s children, on the other hand, had to make appointments to talk to him.

In a lively narrative, based on research in archives around the country, Kendall shows presidential character in action. Listeners 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An engaging book, presenting the most human face that can be given to great power.”

    Andrew Solomon, National Book Award–winning author

  • “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

  • “Engaging…Kendall writes movingly and effectively about the parenting skills of the forty-three men who have served as president.”

    USA Today (3 1/2 stars)

  • “Kendall is good at linking a president’s strengths or failures as a parent to his success or failure at governing…Kendall’s book also provides delightful peeks at life inside the White House.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Rich in detail, this informative book gives new understanding to our nation’s leaders and their offspring.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Johnny Heller’s voice suggests a sharing of scoops, which can make serious Woodrow Wilson’s warmer side at home seem more interesting. There’s plenty of discussion of topics such as Grover Cleveland’s infidelities…But, overall, listeners will most likely feel admiration, not only for the presidents themselves but for their families, whose lives were also forever altered by the job.”


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