Presidential Trivia

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Gibbs Smith, 2009
From the beloved Richard Lederer comes another kind of trivia book-Presidential Trivia. In it you'll find all the details about the lives of the United States presidents. It answers such questions as : Who was the first president to be assassinated? Who was the first to be impeached? It also answers less important but cerainly interesting questions such as: Who was our fattest president? Our Tallest? Who played golf? Who played poker? Filled with games, anagrams, poems, speeches, and an abundance of tidbits, details, and fascinating facts, this book is perfect for the novice to the history buff.
 

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Presidential Precedents
10
One and Only Presidents
22
Presidential Record Setters
34
Patterns of the Presidency
42
Presidents under Fire
66
Presidents in the Media
76
More Fascinating Facts about Our Presidents
90
Inaugurations Omens of Things to Come
98
Presidential Nicknames
110
Right down the Middle
114
Whats in a Presidents Name?
118
What It Takes to be President
126
Running Mates
132
First Ladies Rule
142
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O autorovi (2009)

Richard Lederer, the well-known wordsmith, originally intended to practice medicine. He entered Haverford College as a pre-medical student, but when he realized that he was more interested in the textbooks' language than their substance, he switched his major to English. He next attended Harvard Law School, but again switched majors--this time entering Harvard's Master of Arts and Teaching program. After graduation, he taught English and media at St. Paul's School, in Concord, N.H., for 27 years. Upon earning his Ph.D. in English and Linguistics from the University of New Hampshire, he decided to pursue a career writing books on the English language. His first book, Anguished English, was a popular success and launched his career. His books, newspaper columns, and speaking engagements have allowed Lederer, in his own words, "to extend my mission of teachership." Lederer describes himself as a "verbivore" - one who consumes words. He says, "Carnivores eat meat; herbivores eat plants and vegetables; verbivores devour words." His fascination with word play (particularly, palindromes and puns) resulted in his nicknames--"Attila the Pun" and "Conan the Grammarian.

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