First Off the Tee

First Off the Tee

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Some students of the presidency say that we can learn the most about the men who've occupied the Oval Office by studying their ideology. Others say political savvy or family background or regional influences are paramount. But Don Van Natta argues for another standarda€”by observing the way they play golf. Fourteen of the last seventeen presidents have been golfers, and Van Natta explores two questions: Why is the game of golf so attractive to the men who occupy the Oval Office? And what do their golf games reveal about their characters? Some presidents relied on golf to escape the burdens of office, while others brought those burdens with them. And few have been able to resist the perks of high office, bending the rules and freely taking mulligans. Is it really surprising to learn that the section called qHail to the Cheatsq features the golfing escapades of Bill Clinton, Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, and Warren Harding? Not content to rely solely on the history books, Van Natta takes the reader on a round of golf he recently played with Bill Clinton and draws on extensive interviews with the golfing ex-presidents about what the game means to them. For history buffs and golf aficionados alike, First Off the Tee is a cheerful romp and a unique way to share the links with America's duffers-in-chief.Ita#39;s a good atmosphere for relaxation and escape om the problems in the Oval Olfice. And I loved playing the ... He just put through a call to Le President, and Jerry Ford said, OK, he would see if he could a#39;ork his schedule out.a€ Jerry Ford, of anbsp;...


Title:First Off the Tee
Author: Don Van Natta Jr.
Publisher:PublicAffairs - 2004-10-13
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