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Heads Of State: The Presidents As Everyday Useful Household Items In Pewter, Plastic, Porcelain, Copper, Chalk, China, Wax, Walnut And More

There's room for only four presidents' heads on Mount Rushmore, but Heads of State more than makes up for those presidents who aren't carved in stone, and still includes Washington (as a thimble), Jefferson (as a vase), Lincoln (as a paper clip), and Roosevelt (as a whistle)!Since the earliest days of the presidency, the American people have either loved or loved to hate their president. And in the American spirit of entrepreneurship, some have used their know-how to merge commemoration with commerce, creating mass-produced, marketable household items that bring the president's face into every home. Heads of State celebrates these objects, highlighting through lively text and extensive research the humorous, sometimes strikingly apt parallels between the chief executives and the objects used to portray them. It's the perfect book for anyone fascinated by politics, Americana, and the way in which presidents have been memorialized, satirized, romanticized, and worshipped by the very people they serve.

Hardcover: 96 pages

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; First Edition edition (October 19, 2004)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1582345120

ISBN-13: 978-1582345123

Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.6 x 7.7 inches

Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)

Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Best Sellers Rank: #691,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #11 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Antiques & Collectibles > Political #530 in Books > Humor & Entertainment > Humor > Political #31732 in Books > History > Americas > United States

Oh my! I saw there was only one review of this fine and funny little book, and it seems to have come from the sorest of the soreheads. If one cannot gain enormous pleasure from the chuckles at the many "jokes" here, one might find satisfaction with this little tome as a profound exploration of and comment on the ingenuity of American entrepreneurs. Bravo Mr. Anthony! And thanks for this sweet gift from a good and true American historian.

This has got to be the stupidest book ever written on the planet! Who the hell cares about presidents as "useful" household items???? I put "" around useful because they're not really useful items. We received this as a Christmas gift... it is now a huge joke around our house. I feel like I've been punk'd by my 65-year-old aunt who got this for us! Seriously! Who buys this crap??!! Not any normal, sane human being!

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