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The "Other" Holiday - February 2012

While retailers play up the holiday on the 14th, here are some books inspired by the "other" holiday this month. There is a wide variety listed, you may even find a romance. Happy Reading....

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The Complete Book of U.S. Presidents
By: William A. DeGregorio

Summary: Chronologically profiles America's chief executives from George Washington to Barack Obama, including facts about each leader's childhood, education, religious beliefs, military service, election, and administration.

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Mount Vernon Love Story: A Novel of George and Martha Washington
By
: Mary Higgins Clark

Summary: We follow George Washington as he exits the White House after his presidency. The novel is more interested in Washington the husband than the nation's leader, and focuses on his sometimes bumpy marriage to Martha.
Also Available in: Large Print, Audiobook
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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
By: Seth Grahame-Smith

Summary: While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years.
Also Available in: Large Print, Audiobook, Downloadable audiobook, ebook
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The Unexpected George Washington: His Private Life
By: Harlow Giles Unger

Summary: Through personal letters, diaries, and other primary sources, describes the life of America's first president.
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Leadership Lessons of Abraham Lincoln: Strategies, Advice, and Words of Wisdom on Leadership, Responsibility, and Power
By: Abraham Lincoln; edited with introductions by Meg Distinti

Summary: The best, most thought-provoking, and inspiring excerpts from Lincoln’s speeches and writings have been collected in an effort to help today’s business leaders apply his principles to their own work and life.

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The Handy Presidents Answer Book
By
: David L. Hudson

Summary: Revealing important answers to foreign policy questions and decisions made during times of war, as well as presidential actions in times of economic boom and bust, this fun and absorbing anthology provides a thorough overview of more than 200 years of U.S. presidents.

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Washington's Lady: A Novel
By
: Nancy Moser  

Summary: Though still a young woman, Martha Custis is a widow. But she is not without means and has no desire to remarry. Not, that is, until a striking war hero steps into her life and she realizes she is ready to love again.
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The Emancipator's Wife: A Novel of Mary Todd Lincoln
By
: Barbara Hambly

Summary: Mary Todd Lincoln as few have seen and none will forget–the fascinating, controversial woman, the woman who loved Abraham Lincoln.
Also Available in: Large Print
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The Ascent of George Washington: The Hidden Political Genius of an American Icon
By
: John Ferling

Summary: A revisionist assessment of the first president reveals how Washington utilized persuasion, manipulation, and deniability throughout the Revolutionary War and his presidency while maintaining a public image of virtue and non-ambitious service.
Also Available in: Audiobook
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Bloody Crimes: The Chase for Jefferson Davis and the Death Pageant for Lincoln's corpse
By
: James L. Swanson 

Summary: A masterful weaving together of the stories of two fallen leaders as they made their last expeditions through the bloody landscape of a wounded nation.
Also Available in: Audiobook, ebook
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The Essential Book of Presidential Trivia
By
: Noah McCullough

Summary: Hours of entertainment with an illustrated tour of America’s forty-three presidents, from George Washington to George W. Bush.
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The Go-Between: A Novel of the Kennedy Years
By
: Frederick Turner

Summary: A faded newspaperman contemplates life as a hack. Then one day he finds the scoop of a lifetime in a Chicago basement: diaries belonging to the infamous Judith Campbell Exner. The girl who waltzed into the midst of America’s most powerful politicians, entertainers, and criminals as they conspired to rule America.
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Murder at the President's Door: An Eleanor Roosevelt Mystery
By
: William Harrington for the estate of Elliott Roosevelt

Summary: When the slain body of a White House police officer is discovered outside the President's bedroom door, our favorite First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, must comb Washington D.C.'s underworld to expose the President's would-be assassin.
Also Available in: Large Print
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The American President
By
: Philip B. Kunhardt, Jr., Philip B. Kunhardt III, Peter W. Kunhardt

Summary: This remarkable book provides a new understanding of the legacy and impact of the most important American institution, helping to bring focus to the ways in which presidents have affected the history of our nation.
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Lives of the Presidents: Fame, Shame (and What the Neighbors Thought)
ByKathleen Krull

Summary: Presents the lives of the presidents, focusing on their roles as parents, husbands, pet owners, and neighbors, while also including humorous anecdotes.

 


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