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Affairs of State: The Untold History of Presidential Love, Sex, and Scandal, 1789-1900 (Paperback)
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Affairs of State: The Untold History of Presidential Love, Sex, and Scandal, 1789-1900 (Paperback)

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Paperback 500 Pages / Published: 07/11/2013
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When it comes to presidential sex scandals, Bill Clinton's wasn't the first and it wasn't the worst. In fact, there is a long history of presidential peccadilloes, but these all-too-human stories are rarely told and the details of White House marriages both happy and troubled remain hidden. Affairs of State reveals the intimate history of America's first couples through their romances, love lives, and extramarital affairs. More than just a sexual "who did it," these stories of salacious scandals and marital bliss present an intriguing character study of our commanders-in-chief

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781442218352
Number of pages: 500
Weight: 748 g
Dimensions: 227 x 152 x 36 mm


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Robert P. Watson's Affairs of State is a fascinating and well-told examination of the great loves and lesser foibles of America's presidents. A noted presidential scholar, Watson recounts the personal lives of the occupants of the `People's House,' exploring the human side of U.S. politics through stories that are at once touching, humorous, and sometimes shocking. The work helps fill a vacuum by allowing the reader to explore patterns of behavior that humanize the nation's presidents. Watson also challenges the conventional mythology that surrounds many of the chief executives by presenting a clearer and deeper understanding of the nation's leaders and the events that surrounded their presidencies. -- Tom Lansford
Robert Watson is one of the most thoughtful scholars that American studies and political science have produced. No one is more qualified than he to turn his attention to presidential follies and embarrassments. The result is a rollicking romp through political history that is as informative and insightful as it is entertaining. -- Max J. Skidmore, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Affairs of State is a tour de force from one of the leading presidential scholars of our time. This book provides an eloquent, impeccably researched reminder that presidents-including those on Mount Rushmore-are human beings shaped by their intimate relationships, romantic and familial. For everyone interested in the American presidency, Robert P. Watson has written an accessible, compelling book that sheds light on the inner lives, foibles, and crucial relationships that shaped many of the most important presidents. -- Douglas M. Brattebo, Hiram College
Watson's greatest contribution is a series of brief biographical sketches of presidents and a handful of first ladies. . . .[T]he book is a well-paced . . . [with an] exciting introduction. . . .Watson has put together a book that is interesting to read. * The Historian *

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