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Riassunto: A New York Times Bestseller
Students of the presidency often study political savvy or family background. But Don Van Natta studies the way they play golf. Recounting entertaining yet little-told stories of the American presidency, he asks: What do their golf games reveal about their characters?
From the Inside Flap: Some students of the presidency say that we can learn the most about the men who've occupied the Oval Office by studying their ideology. Others say political savvy or family background or regional influences are paramount. But Don Van Natta Jr., an award-winning New York Times reporter, argues for another, more light-hearted standard--by observing the way they play golf. Fourteen of the last seventeen presidents have been golfers, and First Off the Tee shows why this sport is so much more than a game for them.
Recounting some of the most entertaining yet little-told stories of the American presidency, Van Natta seeks to answer two questions: Why is the game of golf so attractive to the men who occupy the Oval Office? And what do their golf games reveal about their characters? Some presidents relied on golf to escape the burdens of office, while others brought those burdens with them. And few have been able to resist the perks of high office, bending the rules and freely taking mulligans. Each president also brought his own personality to bear on his golf game:
John F. Kennedy often sneaked out of the White House to play golf on the sly, because he didn't want anyone to think he was as golf-obsessed as his predecessor, Dwight Eisenhower. But he was.
Woodrow Wilson played golf every morning, because his doctor told him he needed the exercise. Little did he know that through golf he would meet and court the woman who would become his wife.
Gerald Ford's first public appearance after pardoning Richard Nixon was at the opening of the World Golf Hall of Fame, where he played with Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Gary Player, and hit the best tee shot of his presidency.
Franklin Roosevelt fell in love with the game while still in prep school, helping to found a golf club at age seventeen and bringing his clubs with him to Harvard. It was a love that was tragically cut short. "After he was stricken with polio," Eleanor Roosevelt recalled, "the one word that he never said again was golf."
And is it surprising at all to learn that the section of this book called "Hail to the Cheats" features the golfing escapades of Bill Clinton, Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, and Warren Harding? For these chief executives, being president meant never having to say double-bogey.
Not content to rely solely on the history books, Don Van Natta also takes the reader on an eye-opening round of golf he recently played with Bill Clinton and explores how the strong father-son bond between the two George Bushes comes into its sharpest focus on the links. He also draws on extensive interviews with the golfing ex-presidents about what the game means to them. For history buffs and golf aficionados alike, First Off the Tee is a cheerful romp and a unique way to share the links with America's duffers-in-chief.
Titolo: First Off The Tee: Presidential Hackers, ...
Casa editrice: Thorndike Press
Data di pubblicazione: 2003
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