What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted

What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted

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From Cicero to Snooki, the cultural influences on our American presidents are powerful and plentiful. Thomas Jefferson famously said qI cannot live without books, q and his library backed up the claim, later becoming the backbone of the new Library of Congress. Jimmy Carter watched hundreds of movies in his White House, while Ronald Reagan starred in a few in his own time. Lincoln was a theater-goer, while Obama kicked back at home to a few episodes of HBO's qThe Wire.q America is a country built by thinkers on a foundation of ideas. Alongside classic works of philosophy and ethics, however, our presidents have been influenced by the books, movies, TV shows, viral videos, and social media sensations of their day. In Pop Culture and the American Presidents: From Pamphlets to Podcasts, presidential scholar and former White House aide Tevi Troy combines research with witty observation to tell the story of how our presidents have been shaped by popular culture.Walsh, From Mount Vernon toCrawford, 163. ... CalifanoJr., TheTriumphaamp;TragedyofLyndonJohnson(NewYork: Simonaamp;Schuster, 1991), 205. ... Foradetailed discussionoftheFestivalof theArts and its disastrous outcome, see Tevi Troy, Intellectuals and the American Presidency: ... of Their Relationship, a€ Political Science Quarterly 94, no.1 (Spring, 1979): 37a€“53, http://www.jstor.org/ stable/pdfplus/2150155.pdf.

Title:What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted
Author:Tevi Troy
Publisher:Regnery Publishing - 2013-09-02


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