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by Paul F. Boller Jr.


Boller has filled his book with a number of anecdotes covering Presidential Inaugurations from Washington to George W. .

Boller has filled his book with a number of anecdotes covering Presidential Inaugurations from Washington to George W. Bush. All of the Inaugurations are described in neatly arranged chapters from picking the day, coping with the weather to the inaugural parades and balls. This entertaining and often humorous work is a must have for individuals interested in the human side of politics and the history of the United States.

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Paul Boller's hugely admired anecdotal histories have consistently shown us new aspects and undiscovered sides to the lives of presidents and those around them. Presidential Inaugurations is no exception, as it illuminates the new life of the president from the moment he is elected to the moment he takes office.

Paul F. Boller Jr. Gathers interesting and humorous stories about American presidents from Washington to Reagan and shows little-known aspects of each one's personality. Download (djvu, . 4 Mb) Donate Read.

This book unveils the whole history of American presidential elections, from the seamless ascent of.In the old days, Boller shows, campaigns were much rowdier than they are today

This book unveils the whole history of American presidential elections, from the seamless ascent of General George Washington to the bitterly contested election of George W. Bush, bringing these boisterous contests to life in all their richness and complexity. In the old days, Boller shows, campaigns were much rowdier than they are today. Back in the nineteenth century, the invective at election time was exuberant and the mudslinging unrestrained; a candidate might be called everything from a carbuncle-faced old drunkard to a howling atheist.

Funniest line in a first Inaugural Address: Presidential historian Paul Boller has read every inaugural address .

Funniest line in a first Inaugural Address: Presidential historian Paul Boller has read every inaugural address (for which, he says, he deserves a medal), and he claims that there is not a single funny line in the official texts. Second inaugural addresses generally not as long as first ones: As in so much else, George Washington set the example, with an extremely brief second inaugural address that would endure as the shortest in American history. Abraham Lincoln explained why brevity was called for the second time around: At this second appearing to take the oath of the presidential office there is less occasion for an extended address than there was at the first. As might be expected from the most knowledgeable observer of American presidents, every chapter brings fresh delights that range from the sublime to, inevitably, the ridiculous.

PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATIONS. Behind the Scenes-An Informal, Anecdotal History from Washington’s Election to the 2001 Gala.

This book unveils the whole history of American presidential elections, from the seamless ascent of General George .

This book unveils the whole history of American presidential elections, from the seamless ascent of General George Washington to the bitterly contested election of George W.

Paul Boller's widely admired and bestselling anecdotal histories have uncovered new aspects and revealed hidden dimensions in the lives of presidents and those who surround them. Illuminating the days and weeks from the moment our commander in chief is elected to the moment he takes office, Presidential Inaugurations provides a never-before-seen look at the events leading up to "the big day." Boller takes us along with Lincoln on his mysterious first entrance into Washington and renders the poignancy of FDR's final inauguration. We learn of the surprising appearance of Tallulah Bankhead at Truman's inauguration and relive the charming report by Jacqueline Bouvier on Eisenhower's 1953 inaugural. Highlighting memorable moments from 1789 to 2001, Presidential Inaugurations presents the pride, passions, and prejudices of our great nation as we greet a new leader.
Skiletus
The author is leading presidential historian. This book is desired to really get a feel and understanding without being overly analytical and intellectualized. It can be humorous at times as well. I would have felt that the history of presidential inaugurations would have been better enhanced by visual images such as actual photographs or illustrations. Other than that, the author does a good job in detailing the history of everything from choosing the date, the first inauguration, the first inaugural ball, and other first that make the occasion both special and unique. It's an American tradition followed by rituals evolved over time. With the recent inauguration of President Obama, the book helps the reader understand how a President-elect becomes President. The book would be good for history buffs as well.
Naktilar
I tend to have a soft spot for any book that covers a part of the American Presidency that is not widely covered. This book falls into that category. The author takes a look at the Presidential Inaugurations through the years and tells the reader many different stories relating to and gathered together based on a particular part of the day. He separated the book into chapters that dealt with a particular part of the day, from the swearing in to the parades and then the balls. He also gives the reader a nice list in the back that covered firsts that happed for each President and a nice sampling of memorable quotes from the Presidents speeches.
To his credit the author did not just cover the more popular Presidents, but really tried to dig up and present information on all the Presidents. He also did a nice job with comparing the different Presidents style and how that effected the planned events. I also enjoyed how the author lead us through history with each type of event and explained how they changed through history. It was interesting that the author was able to add in information about the Bush 2 events, but he did not overload the book with what would probably be the easiest President to cover given time frames of the event and the writing of the book.
The two areas that I would have liked more detail on would have been the respective costs associated with each of the events and more humor. On the humor side, I would not have expected any except that the author choose cover art that leads one to think they may be a few good laughs hiding between the covers and the dust jacket had comments as to how funny parts of the book were. Either I had a different copy of the book or the humor was too subtle for my senses to pick up. I would have also liked a few pictures, but I always do with a non fiction book. Overall the book was interesting and entertaining. It gave the reader a nice sampling of history around the event and the author was able to slide in some interesting facts about the individual Presidents personalities.
Velan
Boller has filled his book with a number of anecdotes covering Presidential Inaugurations from Washington to George W. Bush. All of the Inaugurations are described in neatly arranged chapters from picking the day, coping with the weather to the inaugural parades and balls.
Along the way, Boller details how much inauguration day has changed from the early 1800's to today. For example: in the 1800's, the morning procession was the big event, not the balls; dancing by the president didn't become fashionable until Lyndon Johnson took to the floor (I thought they all danced); and Washington knowing that everything he did, or didn't do, would set a precedent for future presidents.
Boller also gives you an insight into the President's mood on inauguration day: Calvin Coolidge exclaiming to his wife on Hoover's inauguration that, "it always rains on moving day." JFK leaving an inaugural ball to party with Frank Sinatra; and Lincoln delivering his second inaugural address. Boller also reviews the Vice-Presidents, be sure to check out the story of Charles G. Dawes lecturing the Senate during his Vice-Presidential inaugural speech!
The book is certainly not a serious piece of work, but that just makes its all the more accessible and most importantly, enjoyable.
Runeterror
Funny, informative and full of great pieces of American history. You'll learn more about the famous presidents and a ton about presidents you rarely hear about (Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, Taft). A great read for everyone interested in the intricate inuagurational history of the United States, highly recommended!
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Presidential Inaugurations by Paul F. Boller Jr. provides an important historical account of Presidential Inaugurations from George Washington to George W. Bush. This entertaining and often humorous work is a must have for individuals interested in the human side of politics and the history of the United States. This well researched work is well worth the modest list price, and it makes an excellent addition to the libraries of individuals interested in the history of the Presidency.
Presidential Inaugurations ebook
Author:
Paul F. Boller Jr.
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Harvest Books (March 28, 2002)
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324 pages
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