Join Bank Square Books for a Father's Day author talk with Joshua Kendall, the author of First Dads: Parenting and Politics from George Washington to Barack Obama, at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 17. This event is free and open to the public.
Joshua Kendall is an award-winning freelance journalist who currently writes for such publications as Business Week and the Boston Globe.
Every president has had some experience as a parent. Of the 43 men who have served in the nation's highest office, 38 have fathered biological children and the other five adopted children. Each president's parenting style reveals much about his beliefs as well as his psychological make-up. James Garfield enjoyed jumping on the bed with his kids. FDR's children, on the other hand, had to make appointments to talk to him. In a lively narrative, based on research in archives around the country, Kendall shows presidential character in action. Readers will learn which type of parent might be best suited to leading the American people and, finally, how the fathering experiences of our presidents have forever changed the course of American history.