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The Smithsonian Book of Presidential Quotations

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A handsome collection of wise words from every US president, from George Washington to Joe Biden

Great for research, reading, or inspiration


“The government is us; we are the government, you and I.” -Theodore Roosevelt

This striking book shares inspirational, aspirational, and honest quotes from all 45 US presidents. Each page offers a glimpse into the lives and beliefs of leaders who have shaped the nation and its political landscape. Selected quotations are drawn from inaugural addresses, speeches, addresses to Congress, laws, correspondence, diary entries, and other sources. The book is not only informative, but fit for display, with sleek features that make it the perfect keepsake: 

Bound in environmentally friendly material with soft-touch coating
Foil-stamped in gold
Sturdy, quality hardcover printed in the USA


The president has symbolized the country and its people since the office was established in 1789, and the role has changed drastically over time with the rise of new challenges and in response to a changing world. Claire Jerry, curator of political history at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, provides her expertise with an engaging introduction about our country’s relationship to the presidential office. 

Beautifully designed and full of quotations that provide insight on each president in his own words, the Smithsonian Book of Presidential Quotations reflects uniquely American ideals, history, and democracy.