Presidential Escapes, Retreats, and Vacations
Who Dares Wins Publishing
On Sale: September 2, 2014
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Larry Knutson's in depth and illustrated history tells the
story of the presidential time spent "away from the White
House." For 18th- and 19th-century presidents, a return to
their plantations and farms signalled a "vacation." Our
modern notion of a vacation emerged in the 19th century,
when together with the desire to escape summertime
Washington, presidents enjoyed the outdoors, train travel,
and the presidential yacht on their escapes.
In the 20th-century presidential vacations evolved along
with improvements in transportation and communications that
meant presidents could get away farther and faster while
their responsibilities followed them—as did reporters who
wanted to keep the public informed on what presidents did,
almost all the time.
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