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Our greatest presidents have entered the Oval Office armed with overwhelming ambition, intellect, and ideals. But were these characteristics evident in youth? What are the family circumstances that have created our presidents? How did their upbringing shape their future -- and ours? In The Raising of a President, bestselling author Doug Wead goes where no presidential bioOur greatest presidents have entered the Oval Office armed with overwhelming ambition, intellect, and ideals. But were these characteristics evident in youth? What are the family circumstances that have created our presidents? How did their upbringing shape their future -- and ours? In The Raising of a President, bestselling author Doug Wead goes where no presidential biographer has gone before: straight to the childhood homes of America's greatest leaders. Wead analyzes the types of families in which they were reared, and offers fascinating psychological profiles based on his findings. Using presidential letters and personal correspondence -- as well as notes from his own private conversations with six presidential families -- Wead brilliantly portrays the early lives, loves, and political awakenings of George Washington; John Adams and the rest of America's first dynasty; Lincoln, who never betrayed his humble roots; Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy, each raised in prominent political households; and the once and future commanders in chief Bush. More than just political biography, The Raising of a President sheds new light on America┬╣s presidents, who were not only born but made....

Title : The Raising of a President: The Mothers and Fathers of Our Nation's Leaders
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ISBN : 9780743497275
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 544 Pages
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The Raising of a President: The Mothers and Fathers of Our Nation's Leaders Reviews

  • Erica
    2019-02-23 13:38

    The book really focuses on a few of the major political families of the United States: Washington, Adams, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Kennedy, and Bush. His chapters on Washington and Lincoln are insightful and interesting, but I found no new material or analysis on the Kennedys or Roosevelts. In the first appendix, which is about 100 pages or so, with a brief biography about every parent (and some step parents) of the presidents. There were typos, grammatical errors, and utter mistakes within its pages that should have been edited. Though I was impressed at times with the book, I ended up being disappointed at the amount of errors I found, especially in the biographies of recent presidential parents.

  • Lu Buttiglieri
    2019-03-13 13:33

    A real eye opener into the childhoods of our former presidents up to George w. Bush. And how politics influenced so many elections.

  • Louis Picone
    2019-03-13 07:49

    Another interesting way of studying the presidents - through their parents. Although its a little repetitive & hagiographic at times, still a very interesting read!

  • Claire
    2019-03-03 09:51

    not as good or interesting as All the President's Children, and sort of twice as long as it needed to be. I did learn some new information, though.

  • Lois
    2019-02-23 14:48

    Doug Wead has created a collection of little-known information about the parents of each of the US presidents. I especially enjoy the themes he calls to the reader's attention while noting similarities and differences in the families of the men who later occupied the Oval Office. Special sections deal with Washington, the Adamses, Lincoln, the Roosevelts, Kennedy, and the Bushes. Wead includes 32 pages of photos.

  • Judy
    2019-03-24 13:49

    I loved this book. It takes a look at the childhood of future presidents and the family dynamic into which they were born. Some fascinating information about the presidents through George W. Bush. I pick this book up just to glance at it and ended up reading it in one sitting. Learned that many presidents had very strong mothers and fathers who died when they were quite young.

  • Deb
    2019-03-20 14:39

    This was a great book! So many facts about a side of our presidents that we don't often hear about. The writing style was very easy to read and understand. Would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys learning about our presidents as a person.

  • Ann
    2019-03-06 08:53

    I excitedly discovered this book as it contained four of my favorite genres:history, biography, psychology and women's lives. Although it is a good review of some of our presidents and their parents, I was frustrated that it didn't live up to it's full promise.

  • Samantha
    2019-03-16 13:48

    Interesting book about the parents of our nation's presidents. I especially liked the section at the end that had a brief bio on each of the president's mothers and fathers since most of the book focused only on a handful of presidential families.

  • Debgrizzell
    2019-03-07 14:52

    Not far enough into this book to rate it yet, but it's holding my interest. My 10-year-old daughter wants me to hurry and finish it, so she'll know if SHE can read it. There's motivation!

  • Martha
    2019-02-24 13:38

    Not well written but the stories were fascinating none the less.

  • Jim Blessing
    2019-03-08 11:49

    This was a decent book on the parents of presidents.