Democracy's Big Day

The Inauguration of Our President, 1789–2013

by Jim Bendat



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 1/4/2012

Recognition Programs

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 220
ISBN : 9781936236428
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 220
ISBN : 9781935278481
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 220
ISBN : 9781935278474

About the Book

Every four years, the world watches as the United States passes the title and power of the presidency from one person to another in a peaceful and orderly manner. With a formal ceremony, a large parade, and gala inaugural balls, it’s a big, colorful show—one rich with history, tradition, and ritual.

Through a compilation of vignettes, author Jim Bendat chronicles all of Inauguration Day’s historic events. Democracy’s Big Day tells stories about the outgoing and incoming presidents who did not get along, the chief justices who improperly administered the presidential oath, the vice president who showed up to the ceremony drunk, and the nine occasions in which the United States had an unplanned and unanticipated inauguration—often for a nation in mourning.

Democracy’s Big Day presents a comprehensive history of presidential inaugurations—from George Washington through Barack Obama. From the morning White House coffee gathering to the evening’s parties, the author provides a captivating look at what is truly democracy’s biggest day.

About the Author

JIM BENDAT is one of the nation’s leading experts on US presidential inauguration history. His works have appeared in the New Republic, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and Baltimore Sun. He has been featured as an inaugural historian by all of the major networks in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Bendat and his wife, Marilyn, have three children. They live in Los Angeles, California.