"Vanity Fair's" Presidential Profiles: Defining Portraits, Deeds, and Misdeeds of 43 Notable Americans - and What Each One Really Though About His Predecessor

"Vanity Fair's" Presidential Profiles: Defining Portraits, Deeds, and Misdeeds of 43 Notable Americans - and What Each One Really Though About His Predecessor

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By (author) Graydon Carter

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  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
  • Format: Hardback | 112 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 231mm x 18mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 16 February 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0810984873
  • ISBN 13: 9780810984875
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: 44 full-colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 401,049

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In "Vanity Fair's Presidential Profiles", each of America's presidents, from George Washington to Barack Obama, is presented in an incisive visual portrait and a brief but sharp biographical essay. The illustrations, by celebrated artist Mark Summers - created especially for this project - capture the men beneath their familiar historical visages. The essays, by a quintet of well-known "Vanity Fair" contributors - Judy Bachrach, David Friend, David Kamp, Todd Purdum, and Jim Windolf - offer an artful blend of history, biography, wit and even gossip. Edited by "Vanity Fair's" Graydon Carter, the volume includes an afterword by Purdum, the magazine's esteemed national editor. Here, the true leaders get the treatment they deserve, as do the lesser lights, whose entries are far more lively than their subjects were in real life. These range from Benjamin Harrison, with his handshake 'like a wilted petunia' to William McKinley, described by the far greater Teddy Roosevelt as having 'no more backbone than a chocolate eclair'. For an entertaining indispensible record in words and pictures of the achievements and foibles of the men who have occupied the oval office, "Vanity Fair's Presidential Profiles" can't be improved upon.

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Graydon Carter is the editor of Vanity Fair and the author of What We've Lost, about the consequences of the administration of George W. Bush for America and the world. Todd S. Purdum is the national editor and a contributor to Vanity Fair. Previously, he was Los Angeles bureau chief and a White House correspondent for The New York Times. Mark Summers is a Canadian illustrator. He is best-known for the illustrations of literary figures that are used in corporate branding by Barnes & Noble.