I haven’t been paying attention to the gubernatorial primary in New York. I know that Governor Cuomo has been facing some issues in New York and that many of the groups which traditionally endorse incumbent Democrats have backed off of Cuomo, but I also believe that he’s not at risk of losing the Democratic primary to Teachout. She might make a dent in his margin of victory, but he’s not going to lose.
I think that JFK and Marilyn Monroe definitely slept together, but I don’t believe it was an extensive affair. From what I’ve read and from what I believe of JFK’s closest friends and aides, as well as historians and biographers, I think that they probably hooked up two or three times at most. But I definitely think they hooked up. Longtime Florida Senator George Smathers, who was a very close friend of JFK’s (and fellow womanizer), admitted as much.
Yeah, since Truman is such a familiar and well-known President today, most people don’t realize that the famous "Dewey Defeats Truman" newspaper headline wasn’t that big of a reach for the Chicago Tribune because pretty much everybody expected Harry Truman to get his ass kicked in the 1948 election. Truman was not a popular President while he was in office, and he only gained enough ground to win the ‘48 election because instead of running against Thomas Dewey, he ran against the “Do-Nothing Congress” that had opposed so much of his agenda.
I have read Rick Perlstein’s The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan (BOOK | KINDLE) and it is a fantastic book — one of the best books of 2014, in my opinion.
I’ve really liked all three of Perlstein’s books so far. The previous two books, Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus (BOOK | KINDLE), and Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America (BOOK | KINDLE), were damn good reads and I think The Invisible Bridge is even better. Highly recommended.
Is this your way of asking permission to use my photograph on your APUSH binder? Absolutely. Permission granted.
That’s probably not what you meant.
I’ll give you a few suggestions:
1. I have an original one of these "We Shall Overcome" buttons, and if you could find a nice-sized image of it, I think that would be badass.
2. It’s impossible to go wrong with this "LBJ for the USA" poster.
3. This Nixon photo:
4. And how about the awesome cover, designed by the lovely and talented and lovely Betsy Dye, for my book, Tributes and Trash Talk: What Our Presidents Said About Each Other (AMAZON KINDLE | BARNES & NOBLE NOOK), which is ranked higher than all but 781,562 other books in the Kindle Store!
Once you get your binder decorated share it with me on Tumblr (make sure to tag me so I see it) or via e-mail and I’ll send you a PDF copy of my book.