October 24, 2016 – This week, with an eye on the upcoming U.S. presidential election, our time machine visits the childhood of the 43 bouncing baby boys who’ve served in the Oval Office — which, yes, means changing Grover Cleveland’s diaper on two, non-consecutive occasions.
Dr. Harold I. Gullan brings us, Cradles of Power: The Mothers and Fathers of the American Presidents. There have been so many great authors writing about first ladies, including Feather S. Foster, who you heard chat with us about her book, Mary Lincoln’s Flannel Pajamas: And Other Stories from the First Ladies’ Closet. Yet you’ll search in vain to find a book about the mothers and fathers of our presidents. This week’s guest, fills that space on our bookshelves.
Hal Gullan earned a master’s degree in education from St. Joseph’s University and a Ph.D. in history from Temple University. He has previously touched on the subject of molding young minds into leaders in his books, First Fathers: The Men Who Inspired Our Presidents, as well as, Faith of Our Mothers. And, with an eye on Election Day 2016, you might also want to check out his title, The Upset That Wasn’t: Harry S. Truman and the Crucial Election of 1948.