When it comes to presidential sex scandals, Bill Clinton's wasn't the first and it wasn't the worst. In fact, there is a long history of presidential peccadilloes, but these all-too-human stories are rarely told and the details of White House marriages both happy and troubled remain hidden. Affairs of State reveals the intimate history of America's first couples through their romances, love lives, and extramarital affairs. More than just a sexual "who did it," these stories of salacious scandals and marital bliss present an intriguing character study of our commanders-in-chief
Robert P. Watson is professor and director of American studies at Lynn University. He is the author of numerous books on U.S. history and politics. He was the founding editor of the journal White House Studies and serves on several academic and foundation boards. As a political analyst, he is interviewed regularly by national and international media. For his work as a scholar, lecturer, and community activist, Dr. Watson has received a range of awards, including the International Abraham Lincoln Center Award, the Children's Hero Award, and the League of Women Voters' Good Government Award. He is also the recipient of several teaching excellence awards, including Outstanding Professor of the Year.
Introduction: They Don't Teach This Stuff in School Chapter 1. Say It Isn't So! Chapter 2. Presidential Peccadilloes Ten Stories of Presidential Love, Sex, and Scandal Chapter 3. "I Profess Myself a Votary to Love" Chapter 4. "Domestic Felicity" Chapter 5. Slave Owner and Slave Lover Chapter 6. "A Petticoat Affair" Chapter 7. A Near Miss Chapter 8. "The Siamese Twins" Chapter 9. "I Can Never Be Satisfied" Chapter 10. An Unlikely Union Chapter 11. Full House Chapter 12. Beloved Goddaughter Conclusion: What Happens in the Lincoln Bedroom... Chapter 13. Fatal Attraction Chapter 14. Making Sense of Presidential Nonsense