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Title:
Mint juleps with Teddy Roosevelt : the complete history of presidential drinking
Author:
Will-Weber, Mark.
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Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : Regnery Publishing, [2014]
Physical Description:
xvi, 398 pages ; 24 cm
Summary:
"As America transformed from fledgling nation to world power, one element remained constant: alcohol. The eighteenth century saw the Father of His Country distilling whiskey in his backyard. The nineteenth century witnessed the lavish expenses on wine by the Sage of Monticello, Honest Abe's inclination toward temperance, and the slurred speech of the first president to be impeached. Fast forward to the twentieth century and acquaint yourself with Woodrow Wilson's namesake whisky, FDR's affinity for rum swizzles, and Ike's bathtub gin. What concoctions can be found in the White House today?"--Amazon.com.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781621572107
Format :
Book

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Stroll through our country's memorable moments--from George Washington at Mount Vernon to the days of Prohibition, from impeachment hearings to nuclear weapons negotiations--and discover the role that alcohol played in all of them with Mark Will-Weber's Mint Juleps with Teddy Roosevelt: The Complete History of Presidential Drinking .

As America transformed from fledgling nation to world power, one element remained constant: alcohol. The eighteenth century saw the Father of His Country distilling whiskey in his backyard. The nineteenth century witnessed the lavish expenses on wine by the Sage of Monticello, Honest Abe's inclination toward temperance, and the slurred speech of the first president to be impeached. Fast forward to the twentieth century and acquaint yourself with Woodrow Wilson's namesake whisky,FDR's affinity for rum swizzles, and Ike's bathtub gin. What concoctions can be found in the White House today? Visit the first lady's beehives to find out!

In Mint Juleps with Teddy Roosevelt , you'll learn:

* Which Founding Fathers had distilleries in their backyards
* The teetotalers versus the car-totalers
* Whose expensive tastes in vintages led to bankruptcy
* Which commanders in chief preferred whiskey to whisky
* The 4 C's: Cointreau, claret, Campari, and cocktails
* The first ladies who heralded the "hair of the dog" and those who vehemently opposed it
* The preferred stemware: snifter or stein?
* Which presidents and staff members abstained, imbibed, or overindulged during Prohibition
* Recipes through the ages: favorites including the Bermuda Rum Swizzle, Missouri Mule, and Obama's White House Honey Ale

So grab a cocktail and turn the pages of Mint Juleps with Teddy Roosevelt for a unique and entertaining look into the liquor cabinets and the beer refrigerators of the White House. Cheers!


Author Notes

A seasoned journalist and magazine editor, Mark Will-Weber is the author of two books in addition to numerous articles, such as his noted historical feature on the Battle of Antietam. Will-Weber is the great-grandson of the Civil War general J.K. Robison, who led the 16th Pennsylvania Cavalry during the end-game campaign leading up to Lee's surrender at Appomattox, and the grandson of Col. Charles Isiah Faddis, who served in three wars (Mexican Border, World War I, and World War II), was awarded two Purple Hearts and also a Bronze Star, and served as a United States congressman from 1933 to 1942.


Table of Contents

Prologuep. ix
1 George Washingtonp. 1
2 John Adamsp. 13
3 Thomas Jeffersonp. 21
4 James Madisonp. 29
5 James Monroep. 37
6 John Quincy Adamsp. 47
7 Andrew Jacksonp. 55
8 Martin Van Burenp. 65
9 William Henry Harrisonp. 73
10 John Tylerp. 81
11 James K. Polkp. 89
12 Zachary Taylorp. 97
13 Millard Fillmorep. 105
14 Franklin Piercep. 111
15 James Buchananp. 117
16 Abraham Lincolnp. 125
17 Andrew Johnsonp. 133
18 Ulysses S. Grantp. 143
19 Rutherford B. Hayesp. 155
20 James Garfieldp. 161
21 Chester A. Arthurp. 167
22 Grover Clevelandp. 173
23 Benjamin Harrisonp. 179
24 William McKinleyp. 187
25 Theodore Rooseveltp. 193
28 William Howard Taftp. 207
27 Woodrow Wilsonp. 217
28 Warren G. Hardingp. 227
29 Calvin Coolidgep. 235
30 Herbert Hooverp. 241
31 Franklin Delano Rooseveltp. 249
32 Harry S. Trumanp. 259
33 Dwight D. Eisenhowerp. 271
34 John Fitzgerald Kennedyp. 281
35 Lyndon Baines Johnsonp. 289
36 Richard Milhous Nixonp. 299
37 Gerald Fordp. 309
38 James Earl "Jimmy" Carterp. 317
39 Ronald Reaganp. 325
40 George H. W. Boshp. 335
41 William Jefferson "Bill" Clintonp. 341
42 George W. Bushp. 349
43 Barack Obamap. 359
Acknowledgmentsp. 369
Bibliographyp. 371
Indexp. 387

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