What Does President Bush Read to Relax? A Study of Hardball Politics that Makes Today's Politics Seem Tame

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What does President George W. Bush read to relax? Recently it's been David Pietrusza's 1920: The Year of the Six Presidents, a breezy tale of presidential personalities and politics in 1920's high-powered, wide-open presidential contest, a study of hardball politics that makes today's politics seem tame. "I just finished 1920 and liked it a lot," Bush wrote Pietrusza.

What does President George W. Bush read to relax?

Recently it's been David Pietrusza's 1920: The Year of the Six Presidents, a breezy tale of presidential personalities and politics in 1920's high-powered, wide-open presidential contest, a study of hardball politics that makes today's politics seem tame.

"I just finished 1920 and liked it a lot," Bush wrote Pietrusza, "You did a fine job in capturing the personalities of an interesting cast of political characters and the era in which they lived."

1920: The Year of the Six Presidents chronicles the story of 1920's controversy-and-scandal filled presidential election, when a record six past, present or future chief executives -- Theodore Wilson, Woodrow Wilson, Warren Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt -- eyed the White House each with a unique style and vision of the office and the nation.

Published by Carroll & Graf in February 2007, 1920 was chosen as a selection of the History Book Club. Award-winning author Pietrusza has been interviewed by ABC News correspondent Ann Compton for C-SPAN's weekly After Words series, in a segment airing in the near future.

Kirkus Reviews called 1920: "A rousing chronicle ... Pietrusza ... adds color and dimension with smart discussions of Prohibition, women's suffrage, immigration, civil rights, the League of Nations and labor strife, and he offers animated portraits of William Jennings Bryan, Carrie Chapman Catt, Henry Ford, Marcus Garvey, Sacco and Vanzetti, William Randolph Hearst, H.L. Mencken and many others. A hugely fascinating episode in American history, told with insight and great humor, by an author in command of his subject."

Publishers Weekly praised 1920 as "absorbing ... a broad, satisfying political and social history, in the style of Doris Kearns Goodwin."

Library Journal termed 1920, "fascinating and compelling ... Highly recommended."

To request a copy of the book or for more information visit http://www.davidpietrusza.com/1920.html or contact Rose Carrano at 646-638-2181 (NYC).

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