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All the Presidents’ Wits

All the Presidents’ Wits: The Power of Presidential Humor Hardcover – September, 1986
by Gerald C. Gardner (Author)

From Publishers Weekly
Gardner, a comedy writer for TV performers (the Smothers Brothers) and politicians (Robert Kennedy), offers a serious, entertaining look at humor’s role in the presidency since John F. Kennedy. With charm and wit now seen as crucial to winning elections, these presidents have used one-liners and anecdotes in speech-making, with varying success, Gardner maintains. The most adeptJFK and Ronald Reaganhave laughed away serious issues, offering quips instead of a “no comment” to sensitive questions. The author shows how each president’s brand of humor (Gerald Ford’s good-naturedness, LBJ’s crudity) reflected his personality and character, with Jimmy Carter “suspicious” of wit and Richard Nixon simply incapable of it. Besides many examples of presidential witticisms, the book includes interesting observations by Bob Orben, Landon Parvin and other White House gag writers. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal
Best known as a humorist (e.g., Who’s in Charge Here? ), Gardner has also had experience as a political writer. In this semi-scholarly work, he surveys the use of humor by presidents Kennedy through Reagan, and concludes that “humor is a form of voter seduction that is more insidious than dirty tricks.” This is a lively book, liberally laced with anecdotes and one-liners, but there is also a good deal of astute political analysis. It will have a wide appeal, and it can help prepare us all for the 1988 campaigns. Recommended for public and academic libraries. Thomas A. Karel, Franklin & Marshall Coll. Lib., Lancaster, Pa.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details
Hardcover: 274 pages
Publisher: Beech Tree Books; 1st edition (September 1986)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0688059406
ISBN-13: 978-0688059408
Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches
Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
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Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,553,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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