At 47 years of age, I am not old but I certainly have lived. With two teenagers, two dogs, and a wonderful wife, along with all the obligation that adulthood has brought, simple pleasures tend to be burrowed under, still fresh enough to see, but without the time to unearth the gems that once were. As a result I have decided to read a book about every US President in the year 2010.
I graduated with a history degree from University of Missouri-St Louis in 1988 so I at least have a cursory knowledge of the subject but that certainly does not make me an expert, nor do I claim to be. The idea is to read a book, let everyone know what I thought of it, and hopefully gain some feedback on who I should read about next and why.
At times, I will read something that is not related to Presidents and I will chime in on that as well. The source for my books are as follows:
- The St Louis Public Library
- The Half Price Book Store in Dallas (courtesy of my Aunt Trula Skaggs)
- Barnes and Noble which is just a few miles from my house
- The occasional book fair or garage sale.
- Left Bank Books in St Louis
The criteria for choosing the books will be far from exact:
- They have to be about a US President, that is a given
- The book does not have to be a full biographical account. It can be about something specific that occurred during the Presidency (Bay Of Pigs as an example)
- Length is a determining factor. With 44 US Presidents and 52 weeks in a year, I can't read Team of Rivals with 944 pages, although I have and would like to read it.
So on with the reviews and most importantly, on too learning something new.