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An illustrated and enlightening book about the residents of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, full of historical insights that might surprise you.
An illustrated and enlightening book about the residents of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, full of historical insights that might surprise you.
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Through images masterfully painted and biographies cleverly crafted, The Presidents celebrates the colorful characters who have served in America’s highest office. A gorgeous, 96-page book of coffee-table quality, it is both an artistic tour de force and a literary teaching tool, a compelling history with a contemporary point of view. 

In the remarkable work of art that adorns the dust jacket, Zachary Pullen, winner of the 2014 Governor’s Arts Award and described as “Wyoming’s Norman Rockwell,” captures the essence of each commander-in-chief as they converge for a historic gathering in front of the White House on a winter day. Pullen researched and attended to the smallest details—from comparative heights and period garb to Bill Clinton’s narrow gaze and Theodore Roosevelt’s wide grin. 

Each inside spread takes a closer look at the men, quite literally. Author Brad Herzog, a four-time honoree by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, tells their tales from a unique perspective—through George Washington’s teeth, for instance, and Harry Truman’s middle initial, and John Tyler’s grandchildren. John F. Kennedy’s impact is conveyed through the journey of his funeral honor guard. Abraham Lincoln’s biography explores the minutiae behind the myths. William McKinley’s is a love story. 

The book isn’t titled The Presidency. It is a about people and personalities, not power. It celebrates eccentricities as much as accomplishments. Andrew Jackson liked to prank people by moving their outhouses. Warren Harding was an inveterate gambler. Richard Nixon wanted to be a sports writer. Jimmy Carter reported a UFO sighting. Thomas Jefferson invented the swivel chair. Each of the 43 men in the pages of the book was called to an essential mission, but each was still just a man after all. In The Presidents, author and illustrator combine to paint an unforgettable portrait of each.

The success of a Kickstarter campaign will allow us to expand the reach of this beautiful book, bringing the art, the education and the appreciation of these history makers into schools and homes throughout the country.

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The only risk we foresee is running out of books and having to go into the next edition. We would be very happy to see this go into a second edition.

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    CITIZEN - Undying Gratitude and satisfaction of keeping the History of the United States of America and the President's that inhabited the office alive in the minds of future generations.

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    EARLY BIRD - Limited edition of the book signed and numbered by the illustrator, the book will ship out as soon as copies are available.

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    THE VOTER - Early bird copies are sold out! You'll receive a limited edition of the book signed and numbered by the illustrator.

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    POLITICIAN - Limited edition of the book signed and numbered by the illustrator and author. A Presidential Sketch Book will be sent out as well to commemorate your dedication to history. This level will ship out on or around Independence Day.

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    POLITICIAN XL - We had a lot of requests for multiple books. TWO Limited edition books, signed and numbered by the illustrator and author. TWO Presidential Sketch Books will be sent out as well to commemorate your dedication to history. This level will ship out on or around Independence Day.

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    REPRESENTATIVE - Limited edition of the book signed and numbered by the illustrator and author. Also a signed and numbered small giclee print measuring 23"x7." Ready to be framed and enjoyed by generations of history lovers. Also, 2 Presidential Sketch Books to begin your notes or your own masterpiece.

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    VICE PRESIDENTIAL - Limited edition of the book signed and numbered by the illustrator and author. Also a signed and numbered medium paper giclee measuring 35"x10.5." Ready to be framed and enjoyed by generations of history lovers. Also, 4 Presidential Sketch Books to begin your notes or your own masterpiece.

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    PRESIDENTIAL - Limited edition of the book signed and numbered by the illustrator and author. You will also receive large signed "Canvas Gallery Wrap" print measuring 60"x18." Ready to hang and be enjoyed by generations of history lovers. Also, 4 Presidential Sketch Books to begin your notes or your own masterpiece. **Bonus** Four original sketches used in the process to complete the painting "239 at 1600," matted and ready to frame.

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    UNCLE SAM - Limited edition book signed and numbered by the illustrator and author, large signed, ready to hang, "Canvas Gallery Wrap" print measuring 60"x18," and 4 Presidential Sketch Books. **BONUS** The Original Painting of Uncle Sam, 11x14, Oil on Board

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    A DAY IN THE LIFE - All the aforementioned benefits PLUS a day in the studio with illustrator Zachary Pullen. A unique opportunity to spend time in the home studio of the creative mind behind The Presidents. At the end of the day, you will walk away with an original painting. It can be your portrait in the white house or another subject of your choosing. The possibilities are endless!
    Size not to exceed 14''x17''. The date and time will be determined by both parties.

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