Praise for Almost President

"[An] engaging study of men who came up short in the presidential arena but still had a significant effect on the life of the nation." -- Wall Street Journal

"Farris writes with a lively flair, skillfully illustrating his solid historical research with revelatory anecdotes and facts." -- Publishers Weekly

"You'll recognize a lot of these names from school, but the vivid and curious details paint a far richer picture of our shared history." -- San Franscisco Book Review

""[E]mgrossing biographical sketches." -- Christian Science Monitor

"""[E]nlightening and appealing ... a different take on politics." -- ForeWord

"Farris succeeds in making the book as much a celebration of American democracy as it is a collection of biographies." -- Roll Call
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Praise for Kennedy & Reagan

Y"Two presidents, stylishly defining their times .. while defying political labels ... [A] stunningly original narrative." -- Presidential historian and author Richard Norton Smith

"Farris recounts the striking, sometimes surprising similarities between John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) and Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) and their presidencies. In a smooth, well-written chronological narrative, the author explores and compares each stage of their lives, seeking to explain the continuing appeal of these disparate men ... A fresh, welcome view of two much-revered leaders." -- Kirkus Reviews

"You won’t want to put down this fascinating portrait of two presidents who helped shape the modern world, and their lives, loves, tragedies, and triumphs.” -- Chris DeRose, author of The Presidents' War and Congressman Lincoln
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