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By Max J. Skidmore

ISBN-10: 0312295596

ISBN-13: 9780312295592

Hat do you do with your self after conserving the main robust place of work on this planet? a comparatively younger guy, invoice Clinton most likely has many future years up along with his personal solutions to this question. After the White home is the 1st ebook to take a scientific examine the post-presidential careers of Clinton and his prede-cessors. Thirty-two accomplished their phrases. 4 grew to become presidential applicants back (one was once even elected), served in Congress, one accredited election to the accomplice Congress, and one turned leader Justice. Clinton has the original contrast of his first woman changing into a usa senator. Jefferson created the collage of Virginia. Teddy Roosevelt launched into an African safari upon leaving workplace. Many remained influential figures; others have been ostracized whilst political competitors succeeded them (like Hoover in the course of FDR's terms). wealthy with anecdotes, After the White condo presents an exciting and distinctive per-spec-tive at the lives of presidents.

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3 JOHN QUINCY ADAMS 41 As it turned out, he attained considerably more than that goal. ” In his “second career,” he became a “pioneer advocate of civil rights. . 5 The extensive diary that he kept throughout his long political career constitutes a multi-volume record that continues to provide historians with a wealth of information on the period. Just before the end of his administration, the disappearance of their eldest son, George Washington Adams, devastated JQA and Louisa. On April 30 1829, the younger Adams had taken a steamboat to New York, only to vanish before it docked.

Within a month, he wondered about returning to the practice of law. 17 He decided, however, that it was impossible. He had lost so many teeth that he could not speak clearly. ”18 In fact, when he died he was well into his 90th year, the longest-lived of all former presidents except for Ronald Reagan. In a sense, Adams continues to have the record for longevity, because he remained alert and mentally vigorous until his death. Reagan, by contrast, tragically became the victim of Alzheimer’s disease.

Monticello became a tavern, as the President’s House had been,”31 and that added to his troubles. He was deeply in debt. As president, he had continued—even accelerated—his habit of entertaining lavishly and living beyond his means. Adams was no doubt quite aware—and for a time was quite resentful—of the ironic twist regarding his reputation and that of Jefferson, an irony that likely escaped Jefferson entirely. 32 Jefferson’s role regarding slavery changed little after his presidency, and it is the least praiseworthy aspect of his legacy.

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