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February, 2013:

President Nixon: Alone in the White House

I was just starting my second year of teaching when Richard Nixon was elected president. So This book brought back a lot of memories of the War in Vietnam and Watergate. Reading this years later gave me a revised view of what took place during those years. Richard Nixon lied about the smallest things For example he would tell people he worked more hours than he did. He also felt everyone was out to get him. Combine the two and you have a very emotionally ill person.

The book doesn’t cover all of Nixon’s life, just his time as president.

Richard Reeves does an outstanding job telling this story. Well worth taking your time to read it.

President Nixon by Richard Reeves.




Presidential Trivia

I just finished reading Smithsonian Book of Presidential Trivia. Great book! It is fun, informative and great for grades 4-12. Great gift for your favorite student or teacher.

The Smithsonian Book of Presidential Trivia is full of fun facts about U.S. Presidents. Both adults and children will enjoy this easy to read book. It is a great addition for school and classroom libraries. The book is formatted in a series of questions and answers. For example: “Which battle-tested president was sickened by the sight of blood?”

There are over 300 questions that teachers could use for class warm-up activities or for those five minutes at the end of class when you want to keep your students thinking. You could also divide your students into teams to see which team could get five questions answered first.

One of the things that is unique about this book is that the questions also have a photo from the Smithsonian Collection. I think I know a lot of trivia about presidents, but I was stumped by some of the questions. This might help make your students curious about history.

Let’s get back to the question about blood. We know that it must be a president who was in battle. You know that the bloodiest war in U.S. History was the Civil War. So if you guessed President Grant you would be right.