Presidential Doodles: Two Centuries of Scribbles, Scratches, Squiggles and Scrawls from the Oval Office - David Greenberg

I think I heard about this book on NPR, and got it from the library. It was a little disappointing. Despite the line on the back about being "the essential collection of our presidents' doodles, from George Washington to George W. Bush," there's actually a lot of gaps (early presidents were less likely to have surviving doodles) and there aren't any by Clinton or George W., and only one sad face by George Bush Sr. Also, they throw in a lot of things that either aren't actually doodles (Ulysses S. Grant's watercolor) or aren't by presidents (some paint-by-numbers done by Eisenhower's staff, some doodles by some unknown visitor to the White House).

There are some fun anecdotes here and there and a few good doodles, but not really enough to make it worth it.

Fed to jonathan's brain | January 11, 2007 | Comments (0)


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