Every president has had some experience as a parent. Of the 43 men who have served in the nation's highest office, 38 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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by Joshua Kendall
by Clyde Robert Bulla
by Troy Soos
by John H. Ritter
by Roland Smith
by Seymour Simon
by Mary Casanova
by Rob Thomas
"What kind of record would James Garfield have had as president if he hadn't been assassinated? Joshua Kendall thinks it might have been a good one, judging from the way he played croquet with his kids and read to them. Kendall considers the parenting style of presidents, in categories such as playful, permissive, or authoritative. 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, which can seem gossipy in Heller's voice. But overall, listeners will most likely feel admiration, not only for the presidents themselves but also for their families, whose lives were also forever altered by the job. J.A.S. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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