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Many presidential quotations have entered the realm of common knowledge--"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself," or "Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country"--while others, intended for smaller audiences, have slipped undeservedly into obscurity. The World Almanac of Presidential Quotations deals primarily with the latter type, focusing less on prepared sound bites than on passages culled from private journals and informal speeches that reveal the character of the presidents more effectively than a catchy election-year promise.

Particularly interesting are the comments made by presidents about each other that offer a new perspective. Take Gerald Ford on Ronald Reagan: "He was one of the few political leaders I have ever met whose public speeches revealed more than his private conversations." Or Richard Nixon to John Ehrlichman on Harry S. Truman: "Whatever we say about Harry Truman, while it hurt him, a lot of people admired the old bastard for standing by people who were guilty as hell, and, damn it, I am that kind of person. I am not one who is going to say, look, while this guy is under attack, I drop him." Or Teddy Roosevelt on Woodrow Wilson: "He advocated with skill, intelligence and good breeding the outworn doctrines which are responsible for four-fifths of the political troubles of the United States." Arranged by subject, these more than 3,000 quotations contain a wealth of wit, history, and wisdom from George Washington to Bill Clinton.

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