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“With Joey, Jean Biden never had to supply the will: he knew what he wanted to do. She would always recall, when he was two, and playing on the kitchen floor, with a spoon, whanging and banging her pots and pans – noise to wake the dead! – she asked him, please, to stop. Joey looked up at her with his blue eyes flashing anger, and he said: ‘Look, Mom. You do your work, I’ll do mine. Okay?’” – Joe Biden was already cooler than you when he was two years old. (From What It Takes: The Way to the White House by Richard Ben Cramer)

anonymous asked:

So I'm itching to buy some books on my kindle right now. Do you have any suggestions? (I already have Giant of the Senate!)

You should definitely get Tributes and Trash Talk: What Our Presidents Said About Each Other if you don’t have it yet. It’s a great book even though the author is a first-class jackass.

Here are five books that I suggest (I’ll keep it limited to five and to books about Presidents, otherwise I’ll never finish answering this question):

The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency (BOOK | KINDLE) by Chris Whipple

The Presidents’ War: Six American Presidents and the Civil War That Divided Them (BOOK | KINDLE) by Chris DeRose

Fraternity: A Journey in Search of Five Presidents (BOOK | KINDLE) by Bob Greene

The Presidents Club: Inside the World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity (BOOK | KINDLE) by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy

What It Takes: The Way to the White House (BOOK | KINDLE) by Richard Ben Cramer – This is, without a doubt, the best book ever written about a Presidential campaign and it’s like 1,100-pages-long, so it’s probably more comfortable to read it on the Kindle.