For reference librarians, journalists, social media managers, history buffs, and more, a treasure trove of information about the U.S. presidency for each day of the year from the popular, award-winning White House journalist Paul Brandus. The Atlantic calls Brandus "one of the top Washington insiders you should follow on Twitter" (@WestWingReport).For each of the 366 days of the year, Brandus offers little-known, fascinating facts; historical anecdotes; and pithy quotations from and about the 45 presidents of the United States—from George Washington to Donald Trump. This Day in Presidential History will surprise its readers with the inside information that Brandus has uncovered in his years on the White House beat.Here are stories that span war and peace, sex and scandal, frivolity and tragedy—and everything in between, including* the night Abraham Lincoln and John Wilkes Booth met at Ford's Theatre—17 months before Booth's crime,* the advice Richard Nixon gave Donald Trump,* the president who immediately went to bed after his swearing in,* the only president to be censured by the U.S. Senate,* the president who gambled away the White House china,* the joyriding teens who crashed into the president's car—and lived to tell the tale,* the secret swearing in,* and much more.Brandus's previous book, Under This Roof: A History of the White House and Presidency (Lyons Press, 2015), was one of Publishers Weekly's "25 Christmas Recommendations."
Paul Brandus, a frequent speaker at presidential libraries and the author of the acclaimed Under This Roof: A History of the White House and Presidency (Lyons Press, 2015), is an award-winning independent member of the White House press corps. He founded West Wing Reports in 2009 (Twitter @WestWingReport) and reports for television and radio clients across the United States and overseas. He is also a contributing columnist for USA Today and a financial columnist for MarketWatch and Dow Jones. He previously spent five years as a journalist in Moscow and several years as a New York-based network television producer and writer. He lives in Reston, Virginia.